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Malaysia urged to free 42 people from security law

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian activists are welcoming the release of three men held without trial for two years under a now revoked security law, but are calling for the freedom of another 42 people still being held.

The decades-old Internal Security Act that allowed indefinite detention without trial was abolished recently as part of government reforms to win public support ahead of upcoming general elections.

The Abolish ISA Movement said Friday that a Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Pakistani detained for alleged human trafficking were released from detention two weeks ago but another 42 people from eight nations were still being held.

Government officials couldn't be reached for immediate comment. Under a new security bill tabled in Parliament, the ISA repeal doesn't affect those already arrested unless the home minister revokes the detention.

 

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