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Mexican student who interrupted Nobel Peace Prize ceremony deported by Norway

A Mexican student who briefly disturbed the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Malala Yousafazi last week has been deported by Norway.

Adan Cortes Salas’ attorney Jen-Ove Hagen told the Associated Press the 21-year-old international relations students was deported Monday after Norwegian immigration authorities rejected his application for political asylum.

Hagan declined to comment on further details and said authorities “apparently were under some pressure” to reach a speedy decision.

Cortes Salas, who was in Norway as part of a holiday trip that took him to different countries around the world, jumped on stage in the middle of the Nobel prize ceremony last Wednesday and waved a Mexican flag.

According to his brother, Austin Cortes, the intention was to highlight the ongoing case of Missing college students from Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero in September.

Cortes Salas was fined 15,000 kroner ($2,100) for disturbing the peace.

Yousafazi, who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, said after the ceremony that she was not angry at Cortes Salas for interrupting the ceremony.

“As (he) was from Mexico, so there are problems in Mexico,” she said after a meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “There are problems even in America, even here in Norway, and it is really important that children raise their voices.”

The 17-year-old also brushed off questions about whether she was afraid when Cortes Salas jumped on stage.

“If I don’t get scared at anything else why would I get scared of this,” she said. “There was nothing to be scared of.”

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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