Malaysia releases 62 Eezham Tamil asylum seekers

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 August 2010, 05:45 GMT]
Immigration Department of Malaysia released Thursday noon 62 of the 75 Eezham Tamil asylum seekers, held in at the KLIA depot for 111 days, according to Free Malaysia Today daily. Alternative Action Team (AAT) president B. Kalaivanar said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur Thursday that 13 of the asylum seekers still held are expected to be released Friday. Tamil Integrity Movement chief T. Sembiyan was also present in the conference.

One of the asylum seekers had to be sent for psychiatric treatment for a stress-related ailment.

In April, the 75 Sri Lankan Tamils arrived at Tanjung Piandang, Perak. They claimed to be fleeing from persecution perpetrated by the Singhalese-controlled Sri Lankan government.

However, the Immigration and the Maritime Departments detained them and sent them to the KLIA immigration depot.


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