232 asylum seekers arrested

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 232 illegal immigrants, including 11 women, were arrested when they turned up at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees office here yesterday. 

The mostly Acehnese illegals, aged between 20 and 40, had gathered in front of the building since 7am, seeking political asylum. 

Some 30 policemen moved in to arrest them at 10.30am and later sent them to immigration camps in Malacca and Negri Sembilan. 

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Zul Hasnan Baharudin confirmed that the Acehnese were detained for not having valid travel papers. 

The UHCR office has urged the Government to grant temporary protection to them. 

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