Malaysia deports Egyptians, Tunisian over alleged terrorist links

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Six Egyptians and one Tunisian have been deported from Malaysia for alleged links to a terrorist group.

Two of the deportees, an Egyptian and a Tunisian, are suspected to be members of Ansar Al-Sharia Al-Tunisia, a group based in North Africa and listed by the United Nations as a terrorist group. The other five, who allegedly confessed to being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, were arrested and detained in February for providing food, shelter, air tickets and employment for the two suspects.

Confirming the incident, Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the two suspected terrorist group members are accused of using fake documents to enter Malaysia with the intention of travelling to and launching an attack in another country. They were also detained in 2016 for trying to illegally enter an African country.

“Members of this terror group are suspected of being involved in plans to carry out large-scale attacks in other countries,” Mohamad Fuzi said.

The Inspector General also added that recommendations have been made to ban the individuals from entering Malaysia for life.

The Egyptians were deported despite protests from human rights group Amnesty International Malaysia which argues that they may face persecution, unfair trials, torture and enforced disappearances back in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is banned.

Malaysia has carried out a crackdown on people suspected to have links to militant groups following a grenade attack near Kuala Lumpur in 2016 and series of attacks in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta in the same year.

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