Malaysian Leader Mahathir Confirms Decision to Free Uyghurs

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad confirmed on Monday that his government had freed 11 ethnic Uyghur Muslims, saying the refugees had not broken laws in his country, in a move that defied Beijing’s request that they be repatriated.

Malaysia allowed the Uyghurs to depart for Turkey last week after dropping immigration charges against them, the men’s lawyer told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news site, on Thursday.

“They have done nothing wrong in this country, so they are released,” Mahathir told reporters in parliament.

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