Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak makes an announcement in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
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The U.N.'s human rights body said Friday it was "gravely concerned" by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers.The government rammed the National Security Council Act through parliament last December, giving it powers to declare virtual martial law in areas of the country determined to be under security threat.Najib and 1MDB deny wrongdoing.Najib Thursday defended the security law, saying it was needed to prevent terrorism in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
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