A Shiite Muslim flagellates himself during a procession to mark the day of Ashura on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Malaysia detains dozens of minority Shia Muslims sparking fears of a crackdown

  • Shia Muslims have long faced discrimination in Malaysia, with religious authorities considering them deviant and imams regularly denouncing them in sermons
  • All of those detained have now been released but some expressed fears that they could still face action in the country’s Islamic courts
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A Shiite Muslim flagellates himself during a procession to mark the day of Ashura on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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