Brussels, 25 July 2008: We the undersigned members of the Board of the International Crisis Group condemn the arrest of our fellow Board member, Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Anwar Ibrahim was arrested outside his home in Kuala Lumpur on 16 July 2008 on charges that are obviously politically motivated, relating to his position as an opposition leader. Though released on bail the following day, the allegations against him remain and are clearly a deliberate attempt to smear him.
We call on the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Anwar Ibrahim and for its leaders not to improperly use the police and judiciary for their partisan purposes.
Lord Patten of Barnes
Co-Chair, Crisis Group; Former European Commissioner for External Relations
Ambassador Thomas R Pickering
Co-Chair, Crisis Group; Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria
President & CEO, Crisis Group; Former Foreign Minister of Australia
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein, and Jordan Permanent Representative to the UN
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda
Former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina; Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
Former Foreign Minister of Israel
Former Minister of International Trade and European Affairs, Italy; Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid
Maria Livanos Cattaui
Member of the Board of Directors, Petroplus Holding AG, Switzerland; former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
Former Indian Cabinet Secretary and Ambassador of India to the U.S.
Former President of European Parliament
Former Foreign Minister of Denmark
Former Foreign Minister of Germany
Leslie H. Gelb
President Emeritus of Council on Foreign Relations, U.S.
Former Secretary of Housing and U.S. Trade Representative
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden
Former President of Chile
Novelist and journalist, U.S.;
former International Secretary of International PEN
Editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy magazine; Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Venezuela
Legal Practitioner, Nigeria
Former Foreign Minister of Finland
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