Strange advocates

I don’t have a problem with ordinary people campaigning for the release of a charged suspect held in pre-trial detention. However I do find it peculiar when the campaign is taken up by the news channel of the public broadcaster of a country which is holding 50,000 people in pre-trial detention for alleged membership of a banned organisation and which, furthermore, recently passed a law allowing the period of pre-trial detention to be increased to seven years. Does the accused really need advocates such as these?

 

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