UN body calls for Malaysia's Anwar to be freed: family

Members of Malaysian opposition hold placards reading 'Release Anwar immediately!', after a press conference at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, on November 2, 2015A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed in violation of international law and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family. Anwar, 68, was jailed in February for five years after being convicted for sodomising a male aide. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Anwar was denied a fair trial and that the charges were pursued for political reasons, according to the document released by the family.

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