Malaysia has freed 19 people it was holding under anti-terrorism legislation. Fifteen of those released were allegedly linked to a mystical Islamic paramilitary sect, the Brotherhood of al-Ma’unah Inner Power, and have been imprisoned without trial or charge for more than three years. The releases come just weeks into the new premiership of Abdullah Badawi and on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar. “All of them are truly remorseful for what they have done and have resolved to start a new life and not to repeat their misdeeds,” Mr Abdullah said. Of the 19 freed, four are students arrested two weeks ago on their return from Pakistan, where they were allegedly being groomed as militant leaders. Nine students are still being detained. Full Story
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