On the first anniversary of Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration on politically motivated charges, the Malaysian government should unconditionally release the former deputy prime minister and political opposition leader, Human Rights Watch said today.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said yesterday that it is disappointed that Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled to uphold the imprisonment of opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
The International Commission of Jurists today expressed deep concern over the ruling of the Federal Court upholding the conviction on “sodomy charges” of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim by the Court of Appeal under the colonial-era Section 377B of the Penal Code.
A Kuala Lumpur court today acquitted Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of consensual sodomy. “Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted on a charge that should have never been brought in the first place,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
What is puzzling is the Anwar trial judge’s refusal to recuse himself from the trial. As long as a bias is perceived by the accused that alone should disqualify him in the interest of justice, writes P Ramakrishnan.
Government prosecutors in the trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim should turn over their evidence to the defence before hearings resume in order to comply with fair trial requirements, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
Anwar can forget about getting justice from the Malaysian judicial system. Rules can be bent, rules can be ignored, rules can be overlooked when it involves Anwar. This is what the man in the street is saying.
Whatever happens to Anwar, Malaysians will continue to demand greater democracy, accountability and socio-economic justice to ensure that the momentum towards change is not derailed, writes Anil Netto.