Monday, March 10, 2014

A Miscarriage of Justice

 
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has described the Malaysian court decision to jail Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy as a miscarriage of justice.
 
The judiciary watchdog said in a press statement released on Saturday that the overturning of the 2012 High Court acquittal of Anwar and the appeal by the Malaysian government contravened international human rights standards and the rule of law.
 
“The ICJ condemns the use of the colonial-era article 377B of the Malaysian Penal Code,” it said, adding that the article had seldom been used in Malaysia but had been applied twice to stop Anwar from challenging the government. The statement was signed by ICJ’s regional director for Asia and the Pacific, Sam Zarifi.
 
It also said the decision on Friday “certainly casts doubts on the independence and impartiality of the Malaysian judiciary” and “tarnishes the reputation of the country’s legal system.”
 
ICJ commissioner Elizabeth Evatt, a former member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, was at the Court of Appeal to observe the proceedings.
 
The Malaysian Bar Council similarly issued a press release yesterday on the court judgment, insisting that “this glaring anomaly and inconsistency brings the administration of justice into disrepute. It also fuels a perception that Anwar Ibrahim is being persecuted, and not prosecuted”.
 
Since 1998, it has been a concoction of lies about Anwar. Every lie has been a travesty of the truth.
 
Just what kind of country are we living in today?

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