23 Jul '11, 5am

French lawyer in submarine probe deported from Malaysia - Channel NewsAsia: Bourdon, Suaram's lawyer in France,

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia has deported a French lawyer representing a human rights group in an inquiry into alleged corruption linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to an activist. The Malaysian government has dismissed the graft allegations linked to a $1.1-billion submarine purchase in 2002, when Najib was defence minister, saying it is an opposition-backed attempt to smear his image. "William Bourdon was deported late Friday to Paris on Malaysia Airlines carrier," E. Nalini, programme manager of human rights group the Voice of the Malaysian People (Suaram), told AFP. Bourdon, Suaram's lawyer in France, was arrested early Friday by immigration officials when his plane arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a domestic flight from nothern Penang island. At the request of Suaram, French judicial officials opened an investigation in March 2010 into the sale...

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