Anwar denied entry due to 1999 conviction, Japan embassy confirms
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was denied entry to Japan on Sunday due to his conviction in 1999, the Japanese embassy confirmed.
Embassy spokesman Tomoko Nagai said any person who have had prior conviction in Japan or any other country, and have had been jailed for a year or more would be denied entry to the country.
"As we know, Anwar was allowed to enter Japan in 2011 and 2012 but during both the period, he had special permission from the country.
"This time, however, he did not request for the special permission, and as such was not allowed to enter the country," she said in a phone interview on Tuesday.