ANWAR Ibrahim’s lawyer, Kimberley Motley, is appalled that the Home Ministry has blocked access to her client, with whom she was due to discuss his early release from prison.
“The rejection of my request to meet Anwar is in breach of international standards on access to justice and paints Malaysia in a bad light,” she said in a statement today.
“I am appalled that the Home Minister Ahmad Zahid (Hamidi) and the Malaysian government have refused permission for this meeting.”
Motley, an American, said she had hoped to also meet Zahid and Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss the early release of Anwar in view of his poor health.
Anwar, 70, has suffered from back and shoulder pains following a road accident en route to prison in September.
The de facto Pakatan Harapan leader is serving a five-year sentence in Sungai Buloh Prison for sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan and will be released on June next year.
Motley, however, hopes he will be released sooner.
“I had asked to be allowed to meet with my client Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the hospital in my capacity as his international attorney.
“It is fundamental that a person is entitled to access to legal advisors of his choice whilst in prison,” she said.
Anwar was jailed in February 2015 for his second sodomy conviction.
Opposition lawmakers and international observers have called the conviction politically motivated.