Respect laws of Malaysia when talking about Anwar, foreigners told

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia hopes that other countries, in commenting on allegations of sodomy against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, will respect Malaysia’s sovereignty as a country with its own set of laws.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Malaysian Government would always act in accordance with the country’s laws.

He was responding to recent statements by US leaders and international personalities criticising Malaysia for arresting Anwar on July 16, after attending the National Academic Awards 2007 event yesterday.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Malaysia to be transparent and follow the rule of law in dealing with the sodomy accusation against Anwar.

Rejecting Malaysia’s claim that the Anwar case was an internal affair, she also said the United States would continue to speak about cases that it “thinks needs to be thought about in terms of the political circumstances.”

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