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US tells Anwar it's 'concerned' by Malaysia sodomy ruling

Published on Apr 28, 2014 5:25 PM
 
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives at a court house in Putrajaya, on March 7, 2014. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Monday, April 28, 2014, met Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and expressed concern at a sodomy conviction against him that is widely seen as politically motivated. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - US National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Monday met Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and expressed concern at a sodomy conviction against him that is widely seen as politically motivated.

Wrapping up a US visit to Malaysia led by President Barack Obama, Ms Rice also called on the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to ensure the rule of law in the country.

"Ambassador Rice emphasised to Mr Anwar that the United States has followed his case closely, and that the decision to prosecute him and the trial have raised a number of concerns regarding the rule of law and the independence of the courts," a White House statement said after their meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar released a statement after the meeting, saying he told Ms Rice that US-Malaysia ties should include not just trade and security and other traditional issues but also "human rights, good governance and democracy".

 
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