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Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

Thursday - 4/17/2014, 12:00am  ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.

District police chief Ng Kong Soon said Singh was travelling with four others when his car collided with a truck early Thursday on a highway.

Ng was quoted by national Bernama news agency as saying Singh and his personal assistant were killed immediately and his Indonesian maid was badly injured, but his son, Ram Singh, and the driver escaped unhurt.

Gobind Singh Deo, Karpal's son and also a lawmaker, posted a message on Facebook and Twitter announcing his father's death.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Malaysia has lost an "indefatigable fighter for justice."

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