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Malaysian lawmakers demand release of terror suspects held without trial

[JURIST] According to a report in Malaysia's News Straits Times [newspaper website], government and opposition politicians in Malaysia are pushing for the release of dozens of terror suspects, many suspected of ties to al-Qaeda, held without trial for the past two years. The report says that over 100 detainees are being held at a prison camp in northern Malaysia under the authority of the Internal Security Act [Human Rights Watch backgrounder], a law which allows a two-year detention without trial that can be renewed indefinitely. The recent demand to free the prisoners comes after a group of lawmakers toured a facility earlier this month and heard concerns from the detainees themselves. Aljazeera has more.

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