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Student activist found guilty of sedition in Malaysia

Malaysia's King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (R) and Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) pictured at a military parade in Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2014A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, with the government increasingly using tough colonial-era legislation to stifle dissent despite promises to repeal the law. The guilty verdict against Safwan Anang, 24, follows a recent wave of charges under the Sedition Act, including three opposition legislators in the past two weeks and a respected university lecturer on Tuesday. Rights group Amnesty International has called on the Southeast Asian nation to end its “alarming use” of the law, which Prime Minister Najib Razak had pledged to repeal in 2012. A Kuala Lumpur district court sentenced Safwan to 10 months in jail, his group Student Solidarity Malaysia said in a tweet.

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