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Hundreds of Sosma detainees go on hunger strike

After Shanti's husband was detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 back in March, she was told he would be released after the maximum detention period of 28 days.

He was never freed. Twenty days after his arrest, Shanti's husband passed away in the lockup at the Shah Alam district police headquarters.

"I waited for my husband to be freed. One day, I was told to call the police and they told me, 'Your husband has passed away, please come collect his body'.

"The police said he (died because of a) fever he had for four days while in lockup," Shanti recounted to reporters outside the Sungai Buloh prison today.

Four months on, the 38-year-old mother of two claimed she has yet to receive any further explanation or even a postmortem report on her husband's death...

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