Malaysian transgender entrepreneur arrested in Thailand

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09/20/2021

A prominent Malaysian transgender entrepreneur wanted in her homeland for insulting Islam by cross-dressing has been arrested in Thailand, police said Monday, with authorities seeking her extradition. The case of Nur Sajat, who runs a cosmetics business, has added to concerns about the worsening climate for the LGBT community in Muslim-majority Malaysia. Officials increasingly speak out against homosexuality, and recently announced they are seeking to toughen laws against gay people. Sajat, 36, was charged in January this year in an Islamic court outside Kuala Lumpur for dressing as a woman at a religious event in 2018 in violation of sharia laws.

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