French lawyer William Bourdon could be deported soon, a day after briefing Penangites on the progress of investigations in France into the Scorpene submarines deal.
According to lawyer Fadiah Nadwa at the scene, the Bourdon is being held at the KLIA immigration holding centre now after he was detained.
“They are going to deport him soon. It’s almost confirmed. Bourdon is going to bring this up in France. It’s going to be big,” said Fadiah, when contacted.
It is expected that his wife Lia Foriester, also a lawyer, will also be on the same flight back, perhaps tonight.
At just after 4.00pm, Cynthia Gabriel revealed that Bourdon and his wife had been taken to immigration the department enforcement division and “made to sign deportation docs in Malay! They absolutely refused.”
Cynthia was able to speak to Bourdon after he had been detained for more than four hours. He had earlier insisted that his lawyers be present.
Bourdon, who is working pro-bono for human rights group Suaram, had been scheduled to speak tonight in Petaling Jaya and later in Ipoh. One of the speakers last night had mentioned that more information on the Pakistan angle of the Scorpene investigation would have been revealed at the PJ event.
Last night, Bourdon had revealed the investigation was close to unravelling unusual cashflows involved in the deal. “We are determined to ensure this investigation (in France) will go as far as possible (in the Scorpene investigation),” he said at the dinner briefing in Penang last night, attended by close to 600 diners. “There is no democracy if there is no complete eradication of corruption.”
Despite the complexity of the case, Bourdon expressed confidence the truth will one day be revealed. “This requires determination and solidarity.”