KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An international rights group has slammed Malaysia for deporting three suspected Sri Lankan militants, saying they risk being tortured.

Malaysian police say the three men were detained May 15 for allegedly trying to revive the Tamil Tiger separatist group, which was defeated five years ago to end Sri Lanka’s long civil war.

Human Rights Watch says the men were deported Sunday without any public evidence of any militant links. The New York-based group says two of the men have refugee cards issued by the United Nations refugee agency, which is also processing the claim of the third man for refugee status.

The group said Wednesday that Sri Lanka’s defense ministry denounced the men as Tamil Tiger supporters, heightening concerns that they could face torture in Sri Lanka.

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