Hornbill Unleashed

October 14, 2016

Anwar’s lawyer Motley fails to meet Najib

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

Kimberley-Motley_anwar_600Human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley was left disappointed yet again after failing to meet Prime Minister Najib Razak at his office here Friday.

Motley, who is representing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sodomy trial, had made her way to the country’s administrative capital only to discover that Najib was attending a function in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Speaking to reporters outside the prime minister’s office, Motley, who was accompanied by lawyer Melissa Sassidaran, said she was unaware of the PM’s schedule.

When asked if they had made an appointment, Motley said ‘no’, adding that they had, however, sent a letter to the PMO on Oct 12 but had only received a response of acknowledgment.

“I was definitely disappointed but I appreciate that he has a busy schedule. I’m hoping we will be able to schedule a meet in the next couple of weeks.

“We are trying to do everything we can. It is very important that we do this and it is also very important that he hears what we have to say.”

Last month, after she was barred from meeting Anwar in the Sg Buloh prison, Motley headed to the Home Ministry, also in Putrajaya, to demand an explanation, only to be rejected.

Motley, along with lawyer Raul Lee Bhaskaran, were denied entry as there was no officer in charge who could allow them into the Home Ministry, although the duo claimed the ministry was aware they were coming.

She was, however, allowed to meet Anwar the following day and thanked the Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for authorising her visit.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in 2008.

Motley, 41, is most noted for being the first non-Afghan attorney to litigate in Afghanistan since 2008. She has been a practising attorney since 2003.

Blake Chen


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