KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A human rights group says the Malaysian government has deported a French lawyer who spoke about an upcoming corruption trial over a $1.2 billion submarine deal.
Malaysian officials say William Bourdon committed unspecified immigration violations.
Bourdon spoke at a dinner in Malaysia’s northern Penang state Thursday about a French court case set for trial in September.
Malaysian rights group Suaram filed complaints with a French prosecutor in 2009 alleging corruption in a 114 million euro ($164 million) fee that shipbuilder DCNS paid to Malaysian firm Perimekar Sdn. Bhd. to facilitate a submarine deal.
Suaram said immigration officials detained Bourdon when he flew to Kuala Lumpur and put him on a plane to Paris shortly before midnight Saturday.