Behind the US reaction to the Anwar conviction in Malaysia


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News of the conviction of Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has provoked sharp criticism internationally. Anwar was found guilty on August 8 on charges of sodomy along with his adopted brother Sukma Dermawan and sentenced to nine years in jail.

The governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of European powers have issued official statements condemning the decision of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur 

The sharpest censure came from the Clinton administration in the United States. Vice President and Democratic Party presidential candidate Al Gore denounced the proceedings as a “show trial” that “mocked international standards of justice”. Gore’s attack was backed by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in comments made after the annual meeting of the foreign ministers of the US, Canada and Mexico. She rejected claims by Malaysian government ministers that the international condemnation of the trial constituted interference in Malaysia’s internal affairs, saying the trial was “not a fair process”.see more

By John Roberts
5 September 2000

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