26 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 09/15/2004
MALAYSIA
Federal Court dismisses Anwar's corruption appeal
The former deputy prime minister barred from electoral politics

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews/AP) - Malaysia's highest court upheld former deputy leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for corruption on Wednesday, stopping him from returning to electoral politics until 2008 despite his recent release from prison.

Judge Alaudin Mohmad Sherif said Wednesday that "there was no fraud, suppression of evidence, or new evidence which would merit the court to entertain reopening or reviewing the case."

The court rejected an appeal by Mr Anwar to overturn his conviction for corruption, two weeks after a separate panel decided to overturn a sodomy conviction that freed him from at least five more years in prison. The unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel of the Federal Court was Mr Anwar's second setback in two days, following a decision by the supreme council of Malaysia's ruling party (Umno - United Malays National Organization) to not take him back into the party. Yesterday, Umno incoming president, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said all council members concurred with him after he gave them his views. "I explained my earlier statement about there being no deal with Anwar regarding his re-entry into Umno. I told members there was no plan to bring him back and they agreed with me. That means the door is closed to him, for now", Badawi said.  Asked whether he was concerned of Anwar's influence if he remained outside the party, Abdullah said: "we are not worried. Our party is very strong. It is the biggest party in Malaysia and we are the government." 

Mr Anwar was the deputy prime minister of Mahathir Mohamad  before his dramatic downfall in 1998. He needed to be cleared on both charges to escape the five-year ban against convicted felons from seeking elected office or holding party posts. The ban on active politics takes effect from the end of his corruption sentence last year, meaning it will hold until April 2008. Mr Anwar's only hope before then would lie in a full pardon from King Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail. "Anwar will not ask for a pardon," said Ezam Mohamad Noor, youth leader of the Justice Party, led by Anwar's wife. "His conscience is clear that he has not done anything wrong. Asking for a pardon is an admission of guilt." Anwar might accept a pardon if initiated by the government or royalty, Ezam said.

Meanwhile, the Mr Anwar, 57, is recovering from back surgery in Germany and was not in the courtroom. He has long contended that both convictions resulted from a conspiracy orchestrated by his one-time mentor, retired Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who fired him in a power struggle in 1998. In the same year, the former deputy prime minister was sacked from the Umno and following that, he headed a reform movement which joined forces with the opposition and went against Umno and Barisan Nasional. Supporters said that Anwar can serve as an adviser to an opposition divided between his wife's organization, Islamic fundamentalists and a secular, ethnic-Chinese-dominated party. (MA)


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/02/2004 MALAYSIA
Anwar Ibrahim set free
01/09/2012 MALAYSIA
Anwar Ibrahim cleared of sodomy
09/07/2004 MALAYSIA
Court to review Anwar's corruption conviction
12/17/2010 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur: Government suspends opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
by Jeremy Lim
09/02/2006 MALAYSIA
Indefinite detention without trial in Malaysia

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.