Friday, March 19, 2010

Britsh MP defends Anwar

A Labour MP has moved a motion in the British Parliament to call on the Malaysian Government to bring an end to what he called "the harassment and persecution of the political opposition."
MP Jeremy Corbyn said the House should recognise the contribution of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in "promoting democracy in Malaysia and peace and understanding between the Muslim world and the West.
'Resembles trial of 1998'

In the early day motion on Friday he added that the House was deeply concerned at the charges laid against Anwar, believing that his current (sodomy) trial flouts international standards of fairness and adherence to the rule of law.
Corbyn claimed the trial resembles the one Anwar faced in 1998 in which, he said, the conduct of the judiciary was condemned by Malaysians and by the international community.
The MP further added that there are renewed exhortations by international human rights organisations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as well as prominent leaders from Commonwealth nations – such as former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, Australian MP Michael Danby and 59 other elected Australian representatives – for the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Anwar. — Malaysian Mirror

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