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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim denied entry to Tokyo

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:02 AM
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a May 6, 2013 file photo. -- ST FILE PHOTO

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was denied entry into Tokyo on Sunday morning.

In a blog posting, Datuk Seri Anwar wrote: “I protest in the strongest terms this unwarranted action of the Japanese government in refusing me entry and denying my legitimate rights to travel freely without let or hindrance."

“It is indeed inconceivable for one of the world’s leading democracies to take this unprecedented action under such tenuous grounds and leaves me with the impression that hidden hands may be at work here,” Mr Anwar alluded in his blog to interference by certain parties as a cause of his denial of entry.

The Permatang Pauh MP arrived at the airport at 6.46am from Kuala Lumpur but was denied entry by immigration officials. Instead, he was told to board the first flight back or face deportation.

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