20 Feb '12, 9pm

A judicial view of preventive detention: Human rights proponents have routinely asserted that the ISA and the CL...

Current legislation provides for three types of preventive detention, viz, the Internal Security Act (the ISA), the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (the CLTP) and the Misuse of Drugs Act (the MDA), all of which have been constitutionalised. The ISA is concerned with national security, the CLTP with public order and the MDA with rehabilitation of drug addicts. Preventive detention without trial is anathema to libertarian critics. Human rights proponents have routinely asserted that the ISA and the CLTP grant the Government: "virtually unlimited powers" to detain suspects without charge or judicial review using the Internal Security Act and the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act. These laws have been used to incarcerate outspoken activists for prolonged periods without trial, as well as criminal suspects who should be charged under the penal code. In dealing wit...

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