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Chairman Kerry Statement On Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today about Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim:
“I call on the government of Malaysia, and specifically on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to ensure a fair and equitable resolution of the legal proceedings currently under way against former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

“It has been over a decade since Anwar's first trial, on charges that were later overturned by the Federal Court.  The current charges closely mirror the ones levied years ago, and have been brought soon after Mr. Anwar's resumption of his role as elected Member of Parliament and leader of the parliamentary opposition.  I urge the Malaysian government to accord Mr. Anwar every legal protection to which he is entitled as a Member of Parliament and as a citizen-- and to settle his case in a manner that builds confidence in the impartiality and credibility of the Malaysian judicial system.”

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