Anwar Facing Sedition Probe Over 2011 Speech

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the latest to be investigated for sedition over a speech he gave at a ceramah three years ago. Lawyer Latheefa Koya, who is also PKR’s legal adviser, said the speech was delivered in Gombak. Ampang police are expected to question Anwar at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya at 3pm on Friday. Anwar will be accompanied by lawyer N. Surendran, who is also PKR’s Padang Serai MP. The ceramah Anwar had spoken at had been held on March 25, 2011, which saw PKR supporters turn unruly when police tried to break up the session as the PKR de facto leader was speaking.

The ceramah had been held to launch a PKR campaign called “DNA campaign” which stood for “Datuk Najib Altantuya” in reference to the dead Mongolian translator, who allegedly had been involved with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and supposedly had a role in the Malaysian government’s purchase of Scorpene submarines from France. Also at that ceramah was PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who already had his statement taken by the police over a speech he gave on the DNA campaign. Latheefa said police now wanted to re-open investigations into that ceramah by including Anwar since had spoken at the event.

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