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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Custodial death in Malaysia

Last year in Parliament, Wan Ahmad Farid, then deputy home minister, told the Dewan Rakyat that there were 1,535 deaths in prisons, rehabilitation centres and detention centres between 2003 and 2007, averaging 383.75 deaths per year. That is 383.75/365 = 1.05 deaths per day, slightly more that 1 custodial deaths per day. It means in Malaysia there is someone dieing everyday. That is too much.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the former prime minister, admitted that 108 persons died in police custody between 2000 and 2006, the majority of whom were Indians.

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