Thursday, July 24, 2008

Malaysia tells US to stop interfering in Anwar's case

Stop making statements on Anwar
SINGAPORE: Kuala Lumpur wants Washington to abstain from making further statements pertaining to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the country's rule of law set-up.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said he had informed United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of this during their bilateral talks Thursday.
Rais said he had informed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that he would meet Rice while attending the Asean Ministerial Meeting and would take the opportunity to talk to her on this issue.

"I had explained to Rice that investigations against Anwar over sodomy allegations were not politically motivated whatsoever.
"I had also specifically itemised the Criminal Procedure Code which is an age-old instrument of administration of criminal law in the Commonwealth.
"I spoke to her on this to point out the fact that we have an entrenched and recognised system of criminal law," he told Malaysian reporters here.
Rice had earlier Thursday called on Malaysia to be transparent and abide strictly by the law when handling Anwar's investigations.

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