Int'l community must respect Malaysian law: Deputy PM

13:54, February 20, 2010      

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The international community must respect Malaysia's laws instead of questioning how things are run in the country and demanding interference in legal proceedings.

The Star, a local daily, quoted Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that nations like the United States and Australia should not call for the Malaysian government to interfere with the judiciary in Anwar Ibrahim's trial if they were civilized nations.

Anwar, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, is currently undergoing the trial over a sodomy allegation.

Also opposition leader in Malaysia's parliament, Anwar was accused of sodomizing his former political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari on June 26, 2008, in a condominium unit. The Kuala Lumpur High Court began the trial on him in Feb. this year.

Earlier, the United States' Senator John Kerry reportedly requested that Anwar be given a fair trial under Malaysia's legal system while 50 Australian members of parliament asked the sodomy charge against Anwar to be dropped.

Anwar was not the only person facing court charges but the Malaysian government did not hear of other suspected criminals being defended by other countries, said Muhyiddin, adding that such request was strange.

Earlier, Malaysian Foreign Affairs Anifah Aman also said that government official unrelated to the prosecution or the defense, or any outside person, should not seek to influence the outcome of a matter that was undergoing trial.

Source: Xinhua
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