Malaysia court upholds detention of 5 ethnic Indian protesters under security law Leslie Schulman at 11:18 AM ET
[JURIST] A Malaysian court Tuesday rejected a bid to free five prominent members of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) [Wikipedia backgrounder], ruling that they were lawfully detained under Malaysia's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) [HRW backgrounder], which permits the government to detain suspects for two years without trial and to renew the detention indefinitely. The five were arrested [JURIST report] in December for allegedly orchestrating a November street demonstration [TIME report] by thousands of the nation's ethnic Indians in Kuala Lumpur. The rally, which drew an estimated 20,000 protesters, was sparked by complaints that the predominantly Malay Muslim government economically discriminates against ethnic Indians and other minorities. The five plan to appeal the court's decision.
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