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West Asia- Changing Roles in Lebanon

April 6, 1985 provisions in existing laws to take care of him as well.
Successive governments have not come out with evidence to establish the failure of existing laws in prosecuting these offenders. Instead they have been resorting to preventive detention laws .which do away with the need for trial. A detained person has no right to approach the courts. There are thus great chances of the Act being misused by the detaining authorities. A preventive detention Act enables the state to harass or intimidate its political opponents. Experience since Independence, and in particular that during the Emergency, has shown that preventive detention law can be blatantly misused. The proceedings of the Shah Commission are replete with details of the gross abuse of power by the detaining authorities. The detention of a twelve-year old boy, Bhavani Sankar, under MISA in Vizag during the Emergency is a telling instance of government misuse of the PL) Act.

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