KAMUNTING, Malaysia, April 5, 2009 (AFP) – Malaysia on Sunday freed 13 people detained under controversial security laws, police said, after new Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered their release.
Najib was sworn in on Friday and announced in his maiden speech that he was revoking a ban on two newspapers and releasing 13 people held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for indefinite detention without trial.
“All 13 are released today, they will be placed under police supervision,” police chief Musa Hassan told AFP.
The 13, including two ethnic Indian leaders of a banned group, were greeted by family members and supporters as they left the detention centre in northern Perak state where they were held.
Najib had said their release was good for Malaysia, and denied it was a bid to win back support for the ruling party.
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