Sunday, 5 April 2009

All 13 ISA detainees released today

All 13 ISA detainees, including the two leaders of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) V. Ganabatirau and R. Kenghadharan, were released from the Kamunting Detention Camp in Perak this afternoon.

Three foreigners - Indian national Sundaraj Vijay and two Myanmar nationals, San Khaing and Amir Hussain - were the first group to leave the centre.

The trio, who were detained since 2007, were taken out in an Immigration Department four-wheel-drive vehicle at 10.45am accompanied by another car with several immigration officers inside.

This was followed by Ganabatirau and Kengadharan at 1.20pm and the remaining eight detainees -- seven from Darul Islam Sabah and one from terror network Jemaah Islamiah -- at 1.25pm.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan was quoted as saying that the detainees will leave the detention centre today after all the documentation process are completed.

On Friday, Najib Abdul Razak in his first address to the nation as prime minister announced that the 13 ISA detainess will be released.

He also pledged to conduct a comprehensive review of the draconian legislation.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi lauded his successor’s move to release the 13.

"It is good decision. A good move. I am sure the time has come for them to be released, so he released them," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

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