Rights group: Police abuse unchecked in Malaysia
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Rights group: Police abuse unchecked in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Human Rights Watch says police abuse is a serious human rights problem in Malaysia, with unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody occurring in large part because the police lack accountability.

The report the rights group released Wednesday came as the Malaysian police force is under international scrutiny over its investigation into the pilots and crew on the missing Malaysian jet.

The 102-page report was based on interviews with 75 people in Malaysia including victims of police abuse and their family members, lawyers, police officials including the current chief and human rights activists. It documented scores of suspicious shootings and incidences of alleged torture by officers.

Police and home ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.