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Singapore will keep jailing people without a trial—but it’ll be more transparent https://t.co/Mehoy6uOtD

Singapore will keep jailing people without a trial—but it’ll be more transparent https://t.co/Mehoy6uOtD

Singapore has always been tough on crime—now it wants to be a bit more clear. The Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act , passed in 1955, allows authorities to put individuals “associated with activities of a criminal nature” into detention without a trial. But which activities? That’s always been a bit fuzzy. On Tuesday (Jan. 9), lawmakers outlined a proposed amendment —likely to pass this month—that better defines the act’s scope. Among the offenses listed in the amendment are rape, murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, unlicensed moneylending, human trafficking, robbery with firearms, and involvement in a secret society. Authorities have long used the CLTPA to detain criminals without trial. Secret societies —clan-based associations of Chinese immigrants running brothels, gambling operations, and opium dens—were a serious problem in Singapore’s earlier, rougher years....

Full article: https://qz.com/1176359/singapore-will-keep-jailing-people...

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