Thursday, May 24, 2012

US urges Malaysia to ensure 'due process' in new Anwar case

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (centre) arrives to appear before the court in Kuala Lumpur on May 22, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday urged Malaysia to ensure 'due process' after Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was hit with criminal charges for his part in an election reform rally.
'We encourage the authorities in Malaysia to ensure that due process is protected and that any trial is conducted in a fair and transparent manner,' State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said.

'And we will continue to monitor the case,' she added.
Anwar and two party colleagues were charged with violating a controversial new law governing public gatherings and a court order that banned the April 28 rally from the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
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