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Malaysia 'Militants' Stay Locked Up

Malaysia is to keep a group of suspected Muslim militants under detention for a further two years, officials said on Tuesday. The suspects have already spent two years in custody under the country’s controversial Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial. Their cases came up for review on Tuesday, but Home Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi signed orders to keep them behind bars after deciding they were still a threat to national security, an official said. The son of the spiritual leader of Malaysia’s large Islamic party PAS is one the detainees. Jemaah Islamiah links: The nine men were seized in August 2001, weeks before the 11 September attacks on America. They were arrested in connection with a botched bank raid, which led police to a little-known Islamic organisation called the Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM). Full Story

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