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. 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. 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.

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