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Malaysia to Probe Fake UNHCR Cards for Burmese

11 June 2013

Malaysia’s Immigration Department said it is investigating how 307 Burmese nationals arrested last week had acquired fake United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia cards and documents. The arrested Burmese were among 1,054 rounded up last Friday in the wake of recent violent incidents involving Burmese Buddhists and Muslims. Seven clashes, believed to be related to communal tensions in Burma, were reported between May 30 and June 4. A UNHCR spokesperson said the UN refugee agency was cooperating with the police in its investigations but clarified that some of those who carried fake documents could still have a valid refugee claim, The Star newspaper reported.