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‘Obama to Najib: Release Anwar’

John Malott  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT I have heard from five people, both Malaysians and Americans and all in a position to know, that during his meeting with Najib Razak on Nov 20, US President Barack Obama called on the Malaysian prime minister to release former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison.

The request reportedly was made on humanitarian grounds, because of Anwar’s deteriorating health. But the US government position that Anwar’s trial was flawed and politically-motivated, and that Anwar is a political prisoner, is a matter of record.

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