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Malaysia activist charged with sedition, 3 others held

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A Malaysian court on Thursday charged a student activist with sedition and police arrested three others, including two opposition politicians, in what critics decried as a crackdown on dissent. 

Tian Chua, leader of the opposition People's Justice Party and a human rights activist, is arrested by Malaysian policemen on December 14, 2005. A Malaysian court on Thursday charged a student activist with sedition and police arrested three others, including Chua, in what critics decried as a crackdown on dissent.

The latest arrests under the Sedition Act -- which Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last year to repeal -- raised tensions amid opposition claims that fraud marred the May 5 general election and cost them victory.

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