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Malaysia reintroduces detention without trial


04-07-2015 17:36 BJT

Malaysia's lawmakers have passed an anti-terrorism bill, which re-introduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked.  

The new law permits the police to arrest and detain individuals suspected of terrorist activities.  Decisions for extension of detention can be made by a Prevention of Terrorism Board. The law skips the judiciary, disallowing the courts from having jurisdiction over decisions made by the board. 

Opposition members of parliament proposed several amendments to the legislation.  But it was voted through unchanged, following 15 hours of debate. Malaysia last had detention without trial under the Internal Security Act.  This was repealed in 2012 by Prime Minister Najib Razak under his reform agenda. 

The Southeast Asian nation has arrested more than 60 citizens suspected of links with the Islamic State militant group, and identified 39 Malaysians already in Syria and Iraq. 

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