The Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated persecution of government critics including Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International said ahead of the final decision in the long-standing ‘sodomy’ case against the opposition leader.
“The ‘sodomy’ charges against Anwar Ibrahim are clearly politically motivated and a blatant attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence and undermine a critical voice. If Anwar Ibrahim is jailed, Amnesty International will consider him a prisoner of conscience,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.
“Tomorrow’s decision also has to be seen in the context of a wider clampdown on critics in Malaysia. Over the past months, the authorities have increasingly made use of draconian laws to silence opposition voices and other activists – this must end.”