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Malaysia Extends al-Qaida Suspect's Term

Malaysia has ordered a U.S-trained biochemist suspected of assisting the Sept. 11 hijackers and trying to set up an al-Qaida chemical weapons program to be imprisoned for at least two more years, a government official said Wednesday. Yazid Sufaat, a former Malaysian army officer arrested two years ago as he was returning home from Afghanistan, remains the most high-profile terror suspect among about 70 detained in Malaysia, with important ties to both al-Qaida and its Southeast Asian ally, Jemaah Islamiyah. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also home minister in charge of security, signed a detention order effective from Friday to hold Yazid for two more years under the Internal Security Act, extending an original two-year term about to expire. Full Story

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