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Thursday 2 September 2004

Anwar Ibrahim released from prison in Malaysia

I interrupt, briefly, my self-imposed 'hiatus' to record this important development - six years to the day after the bigotted former Malysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed, sacked Anwar Ibrahim as his deputy over differences in economic policy, theoretically justified by trumped-up charges of sodomy, the country's highest court has today overturned his sodomy conviction.

Earlier this year I wrote about the Malaysian police having broken up a rally to support Mr Anwar. The new Prime Minister, Abdullah Bedawi, was criticised for not living up to his promise when he came to power last November to accept criticism and to support the development of Malaysian democracy. I am very glad that, now that Dr Mahathir is gone from political power, that Malaysia has at long last righted this wrong.

He is now to travel to Germany for treatment for the back problems he has developed as a result of a police beating. returns to its dormant state until mid-September, barring further important news ...

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