Malaysian authorities release detained anti-government blogger

Malaysian authorities today freed a blogger who edits an anti-government news website, after a court ruled his arrest under a law allowing indefinite detention was illegal.Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s arrest in September for allegedly causing ethnic tensions sparked condemnation from the opposition and rights groups.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/07/malaysia-blogger-humanrightsMalaysian Court Frees Blogger Detained as Threat to Security
In what lawyers described as a landmark ruling, a court in Malaysia ordered the release of one of the country’s best-known bloggers on Friday, ruling that the government had acted beyond its authority in invoking a threat to national security.The blogger, Raja Petra Kamarudin, who was arrested Sept. 12 and detained without trial, was released later Friday.Lawyers have long complained that Malaysia’s mildly authoritarian government uses a draconian law, the Internal Security Act, as a tool against political opponents. The act allows for indefinite detention without trial.
http://nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/asia/08malaysia.htmlMalaysia blogger’s joy at release
A prominent critic of the Malaysian government, blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, has been freed from jail on the orders of a judge.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7714696.stm

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