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Malaysia police abuse suspects, lack accountability, says US human rights body

Published on Apr 2, 2014 5:56 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's police force suffers from a glaring lack of accountability that leads to abuse of suspects and hampers its performance, US-based Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

The critical report comes as the South-east Asian country's police force comes under the international spotlight for leading a criminal investigation into the disappearance last month of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board.

"Vague policies, substandard training, lack of transparency, and failure of leadership to investigate and prevent illegal practices all create opportunities for police abuse," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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