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Malaysian Police Re-Arrest Burmese Activists - 2004-06-28


Malaysian police have arrested 22 Burmese pro-democracy activists who had been ordered released by a magistrate in Kuala Lumpur.

The activists were detained initially on May 17 outside Burma's embassy in the Malaysian capital, as they protested against Burma's ruling military.

They were held on illegal assembly charges until the magistrate (Aizatul Akmal Maharani) discharged them today (Monday).

However, police re-arrested the 22 men for possible immigration offenses, as soon as they stepped outside the courtroom.

Malaysia has been working to bring about Burma's integration into international organizations despite the military government's failure to release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for most of the past 15 years.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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