The Anwar Verdict Doesn’t Just Embarrass Malaysia, It Impedes It

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The news that Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia and now the leader of its opposition, has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment was profoundly disappointing but also sadly predictable. It does Malaysia no favors, in any possible respect.anwar-ibrahim1

Anwar now faces jail for a second time, having been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 1999 for corruption and sodomy; he served six years either in jail or police custody awaiting trial, most of it in solitary confinement, until his release in 2004 after one of the original charges was overturned. He was arrested once again on sodomy charges in 2008, and acquitted in January 2012, but the government appealed the decision, and on Friday that acquittal was overturned. Now jail awaits this 66-year-old man once again.

There is so very much wrong with all of this that it is hard to know where to start.

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Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Chris is a journalist specialising in business and financial journalism across Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is Asia editor for Euromoney magazine and has written for publications including the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Forbes, Asiamoney, the Australian Financial Review, Discovery Channel Magazine, Qantas: The Australian Way and BRW. He is the author of No More Worlds to Conquer, published by HarperCollins.

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