Malaysia's Anwar says he resisted advice to go into exile to avoid jail term
Published on Apr 25, 2014 11:03 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (The Nation/Asia News Network) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday he has resisted advice to go into exile to avoid a jail term stemming from sodomy charges against him.
Anwar said the advice that he stay behind in London after a recent conference there came from several prominent political figures. They included former United States vice-president Al Gore and the former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, who were concerned that he would not get a fair trial.
Anwar, a former deputy prime minister and now leader of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat, is facing a five-year jail term after the Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal on sodomy charges.
He is appealing the sentence, but admitted his prospects were bleak because the Malaysian judiciary is under political control.
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