Malaysian court temporarily halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals hinh anh 1Myanmar refugees seized in Kangar, Malaysia in March 2019 (Photo: VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) –
A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals who were scheduled to be sent back homeland on February 23, according to an insider.

The stay was granted until 10am on February 24, when the court will hear the groups’ application for judicial review to suspend the deportation, said New Sin Yew, a lawyer for Amnesty International and Asylum Access.

The 1,200 detainees, including asylum seekers and children, were scheduled to leave on February 23 afternoon in three navy ships sent by Myanmar’s military. The court issued the temporary halt due to current political tension in their homeland.

Myanmar nationals constitute the biggest population of emigrants in Malaysia./.