KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 – The US embassy here has reacted to the Federal Court decision to uphold the 5-year jail sentence of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Below is the full statement released on the embassy’s website a short while ago: “The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by the rejection of Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal and his conviction.
“The United States has followed the trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim closely. “The decision to prosecute Mr. Anwar, and his trial, have raised serious concerns regarding the rule of law and the independence of the courts.
“The United States and Malaysia have a strong partnership, and in the context of this relationship, we have regularly raised our serious concerns regarding the Anwar case with Malaysian officials and emphasized that fairness, transparency, and the rule of law are essential to promote confidence in Malaysia’s judicial system and democracy.”