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Legal news from Sunday, January 6, 2008
by Leslie Schulman

Malaysian police fired a water cannon at protesters in Kuala Lumpur Saturday and chased them with batons as some 300 demonstrated against the country's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA), a preventive detention law that allows the Malaysian government to detain suspects for two years without trial and to renew the detention indefinitely. The demonstrators were holding a …

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by Leslie Schulman

An Egyptian court has convicted three police officers for torturing and publicly humiliating a suspected thief, according to "judicial sources" cited by Reuters Saturday. The higher-ranking police officer was sentenced to five years in jail, while the two lower-ranking officers were sent to jail for one year each. According to the court, the three officers beat the detainee with …

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