Australian senator questions his deportation

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 17 at 1:04 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator has returned from Malaysia saying he had been deported on the orders of the "highest levels" of Southeast Asian country's government for his support of democracy reformers ahead of elections due within months.

Nick Xenophon, an independent South Australia state senator, told reporters on arrival at Melbourne International Airport on Sunday that he had become the first Australian lawmaker ever to be deported from any country when he was turned away by on authorities on arrival at Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

He blamed his support for the Malaysian democracy reform group Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, known as Bersih, for the shock decision to turn him away

Malaysian police said Xenophon was taken into custody and denied entry "for security reasons."

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