Monday, August 3, 2009

Info media luar negara terhadap demo ISA...

Biggest demo in Malaysia:
Police used tear gas & water cannon

AFP - Tuesday, August 4

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - - A Malaysian court on Monday charged 29 people, including a teenage boy, for taking part in a massive weekend protest against internal security laws that saw 589 people arrested.

In the biggest demonstration in Malaysia for nearly two years, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people calling for the abolition of laws that allow for detention without trial.
Most of those detained were released over the past two days but the 29 still in custody were charged at a Kuala Lumpur court with taking part in an illegal rally or aiding an illegal organisation.
Among them were five women, including Norlaila Othman whose husband has been held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for seven years, and a 16-year-old teenager.
In Malaysia, it is illegal to hold a demonstration without a permit from police, who rarely give the green light.
The 29 all pleaded not guilty and were released on bail. If convicted, they could be jailed for between one and three years, depending on which of the two charges they face.
Defence lawyer Azizul Shariman Mat Yusoff denied the group that mounted the protest was an illegal organisation.

"The Abolish ISA Movement is a coalition comprising 83 registered NGOs and political parties," he told the court.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has denounced the protest, saying he has already promised to review the controversial legislation.

But the opposition and rights groups are calling for the colonial-era ISA -- which has been used to detain government opponents as well as suspected terrorists -- to be abolished

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