Embassies responsible for citizens stranded at KLIA

Embassies responsible for citizens stranded at KLIA

Putrajaya - Immigration offenders stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be dealt with by their respective embassies before deportation back to their country of origin, said the Immigration Department.

Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said that under International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations, a person deported from a border entry point would be sent back to his last point of departure.

He was commenting on the latest case of yet another stranded foreigner found at KLIA's transit lounge, Sudanese Osama Salim Juma Al-Baraa, 24, who was found on Tuesday after reportedly staying there for 65 days.

The student from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in Batu Pahat, Johor, was deported back here from Bangkok.

"In his case, the last point of departure was Malaysia," Alias told online news portal MStar yesterday.

Alias said investigations revealed that Immigration authorities had blacklisted Osama after he was found to have overstayed on his student permit.

"Foreign nationals who are blacklisted by authorities here and left stranded after being denied entry into a third country, are the responsibility of their respective embassies," said Alias, who added that the Sudanese embassy had already been notified of Osama's plight.

"They have met him and are making plans including financing his return to Sudan by next week at the latest," he said in explaining that the Immigration Department would not compromise the nation's security in these instances, but would make exceptions on case-by-case basis.

Alias cited the recent case of stranded Palestinian Ahmed Kanan, 22, who was given a 30-day temporary pass pending the review of his deportation case by immigration authorities here.

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