KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian official said Monday that more than 200 people — including Iranians, Indonesians and Pakistanis — detained last week may be charged with breaching Islamic laws.
Nurhamizah Othman of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department said Islamic officials arrested the group, who were allegedly followers of the outlawed Shia sect, in central Selangor state.
Officials have said the Shia doctrine is a threat to national security because it permits the killing of Muslims from other sects who are regarded as infidels.
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