Sosma promotes 'lax' police work, says lawyer

Gan Pei Ling

Eric Paulsen says Malaysian authorities should work harder to achieve higher investigation standards, stronger evidence, and better witness protection programmes for people to testify openly. – Facebook pic, August 28, 2018.

THE Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) has encouraged sloppy law enforcement work, a human rights lawyer said in urging the new government to keep its election promise and repeal the law.

Eric Paulsen, the legal director of Southeast Asian human rights watchdog Fortify Rights, said the law, which allows authorities to detain suspects for 28 days, is open to abuse and the use of torture to obtain evidence, he said.

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