Saturday, 4 April 2009

Freed ISA detainees to leave Kamunting tomorrow

The 13 freed Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees will be allowed to leave the Kamunting Detention Centre near Taiping on Sunday, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan on Saturday.

He said that they could not be released immediately because the documentation process has to be completed first.

"We will release all of them tomorrow after the documentation process has been completed" he told Bernama.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in his maiden address over television last night as the new prime minister, had announced the immediate release of the 13 ISA detainees. (read here).

Two Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders, V. Ganabatirau and R. Kenghadharan, were among the detainees to be released. They had been held since Dec 13, 2007.

The others include seven members of the Darul Islam group Binsali Omar, A. Artas A. Burhanudin, Idris Lanama, Francis Indanan, Mohd Nazri Dollah, Pakana Selama and Mohd Arasad Patangari who were detained in 2006 and were to have been held until the end of next year.

Also to be released are three foreigners Sundaraj Vijay of India and San Khaing and Amir Hussain of Myanmar who were detained in 2007 for falsifying documents, and one member of the Jemaah Islamiah Wan Amin Wan Hamat who was detained in 2003 and was to have been held until 2011.

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