PETALING JAYA: A day after Putrajaya gave its thumbs up for an American lawyer to visit her client, Anwar Ibrahim, Umno firebrand Jamal Yunos is demanding she leave the country.
In a brief statement the Sungai Besar Umno division chief, called human rights lawyer Kimberly Motley rude for inviting people to attend the Federal Court hearing on Oct 12.
Anwar filed the review on his sodomy conviction last year and the apex court will hear the matter on the given date.
“As a lawyer, she should respect the country’s law and not act like a crazed lawyer who thinks she has the power to incite people,” Jamal said.
Jamal, who is the face of the Red Shirts movement, is thought to be referring to Motley’s invite to “anyone who has an interest in truth and justice to show up at the court hearing on Oct 12”.
Motley said this after visiting the former Opposition leader at the Sungai Buloh prison yesterday. Following the visit, she thanked Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for allowing her to see Anwar, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for sexual misconduct against his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.
The United States-based lawyer was officially appointed by Anwar on Sept 7 to represent the PKR leader on a pro bono basis.
Ironically, Jamal sent out an invite of his own to the public, where he called upon people to turn out in large numbers come Oct 12 to “chase Motley back to America”.
There is no law against inviting people to attend court hearings, unless the trial involves juveniles.
It must also be pointed out that during the hearing over the usage of Allah by non-Muslims at the Federal Court a few years back, large crowds had turned up and waited outside the main court building during the proceeding and held up banners.