Thursday, December 13, 2007

Malaysia Detains 5 Ethnic Indian Leaders Under Draconian ISA act

!!!! Malaysia Detains 5 Ethnic Indian Leaders Under Draconian ISA act!!!

Thursday December 13, 2007
MYT 3:17:38 PM

Five Hindraf leaders detained under ISA

PETALING JAYA: Police said they have detained all five leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) under Section 8 (1) of the Internal Security Act.
The five are P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar. They were picked up at various locations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban.

They will be detained for two years, Inspector-General Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said in a statement.

On Wedensday Uthayakumar was released on police bail after having been arrested on Tuesday for a second sedition charge.

e was among three Hindraf leaders who were charged at the Klang Sessions Court on Nov 23 for allegedly making speeches to incite hatred at a gathering in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, on Nov 16.

Indian Activists Arrested in Malaysia

Dec. 13, 2007 1 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities arrested at least four ethnic Indian activists Thursday under a security law that provides for detention without trial, a lawyer said.

The activists are key officials in the Hindu Rights Action Force, which held a street protest Nov. 25 that drew about 20,000 ethnic Indians complaining about alleged racial discrimination.

"They were told that they're being detained under the ISA," said lawyer N. Surendran, referring to the Internal Security Act, a law that occasionally has been used by the government to detain suspects regarded as threats to national security.

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