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US tells Anwar 'concerned' by Malaysia sodomy ruling

Susan Rice (centre) sits alongside Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Benigo Aquino at Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 28, 2014US National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Monday met Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and expressed concern at a sodomy conviction against him that is widely seen as politically motivated. Wrapping up a US visit to Malaysia led by President Barack Obama, Rice also called on the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to ensure the rule of law in the country. “Ambassador Rice emphasised to Mr Anwar that the United States has followed his case closely, and that the decision to prosecute him and the trial have raised a number of concerns regarding the rule of law and the independence of the courts,” a White House statement said after their meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Anwar says the charge is false and part of a long-running government campaign to smear his name with charges of sodomy, which is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

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