Malaysia to extradite alleged people smuggler
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AFP) - Malaysia's highest court cleared the way on Wednesday for an Afghan man to be extradited to Australia on charges of people smuggling, as Canberra seeks to stem an influx of boatpeople.
A Federal Court panel dismissed an appeal by Afghan businessman Said Mir Bahrami, who is fighting an extradition request by Australia, where he is wanted on 25 counts of illegally bringing in boatpeople.
"He'll be sent (to Australia) to face the charges there," Bahrami's lawyer, Mr Karpal Singh, told reporters after the decision. "It's a test case."
Malaysia has emerged as a key transit point for migrants and asylum seekers seeking a better life in Australia - typically by traveling through Indonesia - after escaping war or poverty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.