Anwar Runs Out of Options

He may have been wheelchair bound, gaunt and pale after almost four years in prison, but Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim had lost none of his fire when he appeared in the country's highest court on July 10 to make a last-chance bid for freedom. In proceedings lasting barely 20 minutes, Chief Justice Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah announced the court had unanimously rejected Anwar's final appeal against his conviction and six-year sentence for tampering with a police investigation. In response, the 54-year old Anwar lashed out at his persecutors, calling the decision a "horrendous betrayal of the public confidence in...

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