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Malaysia sends Saudi home, where he's threatened with death for a tweet

Malaysia's government on Monday defended its decision to deport a young Saudi journalist who may face persecution at home for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad on Twitter.

International rights groups have slammed the deportation but Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was not a safe haven for fugitives.

Jeddah-based newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari was detained Thursday at the Malaysian airport while in transit to New Zealand. He was deported Sunday despite fears from rights groups that he may face the death penalty if charged with blasphemy over remarks he tweeted that many considered offensive.

"I will not allow Malaysia to be seen as a safe country for terrorists and those who are wanted by their countries of origin, and also be seen as a transit county," Hishammuddin said.

He said the deportation followed a request from the Saudi government. Allegations that Kashgari could be tortured and killed if he was sent back home are "ridiculous" because Saudi Arabia is a respectable country, he said.


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Comment by PureTrust
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What is deportation?

If you don't want him in your country (although you allowed him in previously), give him a moment (perhaps a few days) to make plans with his friends who have a boat, to pick him up when you take him to international waters. Why virtually kill or torture him by sending him back to his own country? Not only do you harm him, but you give your country a bad name by becoming a patsy for some other country.

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