Hornbill Unleashed

September 14, 2016

US lawyer gets government greenlight to visit Anwar in prison today

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Latheefa Koya, a local lawyer who is part of Anwar's legal team. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Home Ministry has allowed US lawyer Kimberley Motley to visit her client Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Sungai Buloh prison this afternoon.

Latheefa Koya, a local lawyer who is part of Anwar’s legal team, said they were informed by the prison authorities who told them the Home Ministry had approved Motley’s second application for a prison visit with her client.

“This morning we tried again, we sent in the letter today and they just gave us the clearance,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

The first application by Motley to visit Anwar that was made on September 10 was rejected, Latheefa said, explaining that that was the reason Motley had attempted to meet Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday.

Motley will be seeking further instructions from Anwar later during the visit, Latheefa confirmed.

Yesterday, Motley said she will represent Anwar in his challenge against his current five-year conviction since February 2015 for sodomising a former aide.

The Afghanistan-based international lawyer said she was appointed by Anwar last week to represent him in all future cases, and that she would do so free of charge.

The human rights lawyers yesterday said that she believes in her client’s innocence and asserted that his current conviction was a political ploy by those not wanting him to be in power.

She went to the Home Ministry headquarters yesterday to file a complaint with the ministry under Zahid as she was not allowed to meet her client at the Sungai Buloh Prison, but was not allowed to meet any officials despite being accompanied by a local lawyer.


IDA LIM


 

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