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Wanted Nur Sajat arrested in Thailand, has UN refugee card
Published on: Monday, September 20, 2021
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Nut Sajat is still sheltering at a luxury condominium in central Bangkok and has to report to the Thai immigration office every 14 days. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: After a “long disappearance”, cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat has been arrested by the Thai immigration authorities on Sept 8. 

According to Harian Metro, Sajat was detained by the immigration authorities.along with a Thai transgender at a luxury condominium in Bangkok. 

Citing unnamed sources, it said the Thai immigration department was believed to have tracked Sajat after receiving information from the Malaysian police on June 4. 

“On Sept 8, at around 6pm, a raid was carried out at her hiding place. 

“As a result, Sajat was arrested and the Thai immigration has confirmed that she was the individual who escaped and is wanted by the Malaysian authorities.

In fact, the passport belonging to the cosmetics entrepreneur had also been revoked by the Malaysian government,” it said. 

Sajat was reportedly detained at the Thai immigration headquarters’ division for illegal immigrants-related offences in the country. 

The source said Sajat only showed a copy of her passport to the investigating officer via her mobile phone when she was arrested. 

“Checks by Thai immigration found that Sajat’s passport had been cancelled by the Malaysian government.

She then handed over the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) card and said she was a refugee. 

“After interrogation by the Thai immigration officer, it was learnt that Nur Sajat was seeking permission to move and take refuge in Australia,” it said, adding that Sajat had obtained a UNHCR card issued by the body’s headquarters in Bangkok. 

According to the report, Sajat was charged in a Thai court on Sept 9 for the immigration offence, but was released on Sept 10 on US$2,000 (RM8,343) bail. 

“The money was paid by an acquaintance known as Misha who reportedly flew to Thailand for Nur Sajat’s bail,” the source said, adding that Sajat was still sheltering at a luxury condominium in central Bangkok. 

The source also said that despite being released on bail, Sajat had been ordered to appear at the Thai immigration office every 14 days. 

Malaysian authorities are reportedly still negotiating with the Thai government to bring Sajat back to the country.

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