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Senator Xenophon detained by Malaysian authorities

FEDERAL independent Senator Nick Xenophon has been detained by Malaysian authorities after being told he was a security risk.

He was taken into custody on his arrival at Kuala Lumpur airport about 10:00am (AEDT).

Senator Xenophon, who is outspoken on human rights issues in Malaysia, is under escort and expects to be deported.

The South Australian senator had been about to join a delegation which had meetings planned with Malaysian opposition members and officials from the electoral commission ahead of this year's national election.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said in a statement the Australian High Commissioner in Malaysia has contacted Mr Xenophon and is working to secure his release.

Read more at ABC news online.



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