Australian senator challenges Nick Xenophon Malaysia entry ban
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - An Australian lawmaker who has criticised Malaysia's electoral system as unfair said on Friday that he has launched a court challenge against an entry ban that saw him deported from the country.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon landed in Kuala Lumpur in February to study the electoral system of Malaysia - which is bracing for close polls next month - but was barred entry at the airport and deported.
An application in the Kuala Lumpur High Court challenging the entry ban was filed on Thursday, his Malaysian lawyer Ranjit Singh told AFP.
"The Malaysian Government's actions were surprising, extraordinary and unwarranted, that's why I am challenging the orders deporting and banning me," Mr Xenophon said in a statement.