US National Security Adviser Susan Rice raises concerns over Anwar's case

Top US official meets Malaysian opposition leader

 
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaking during an interview at his party office in Kuala Lumpur. -- PHOTO: AFP 

KUALA LUMPUR - US National Security Adviser Susan Rice yesterday 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, Dr Rice also called on Prime Minister Najib Razak's government 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," Agence France- Press quoted a White House statement as saying after their meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail on March 7, on charges that he sodomised a former aide. He is free pending an appeal.

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