Malaysian authorities yesterday handed over four Egyptian citizens to Cairo, who had been held for four years in Malaysia over security charges.
The spokesperson of the Malaysian foreign ministry told Al-Jazeera that the freed defendants were arrested under the Asian country's Security Crimes Act.
The defendants were identified as Mohamed Fathi Eid, Abdullah Mohamed Hashim, Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz and Azmi Mohamed.
The Immigration Department of Malaysia said that the four men's residency permits were revoked under Article 9 of the country's Immigration Law. It added that the law would authorise the department's director to revoke their permits if he believed that their stay harms Malaysia.