US lawyer ready to meet Nur Jazlan over access to Anwar


PETALING JAYA: US lawyer Kimberly Motley says she is ready to meet Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed over her denial of access to jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The human rights lawyer, who has been representing Anwar on a pro bono basis since Sept 7, told FMT that she had been able to visit him in prison on her last trip to Malaysia in recognition of his right to legal counsel.

“I unfortunately have never had the pleasure of meeting Nur Jazlan as of yet.

“I certainly have tried to work within the Malaysian legal system and welcome a conversation with him to figure out what needs to be done for me to visit Anwar,” she said.

Motley earlier criticised Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi after she was denied access to Anwar at the Sungai Buloh prison.

Nur Jazlan had hit back at her, calling her “rude and arrogant” for questioning Malaysia’s prison regulations.

Motley told FMT she was disappointed with Nur Jazlan’s reaction.

“I am disappointed that the deputy home minister would use such slanderous rhetoric against me when referring to Anwar’s legal right to access to his international attorney,” she said.

Yesterday, Motley and Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad released a statement urging Putrajaya to look into Anwar’s immediate release.

Anwar, 70, is currently serving his five-year jail sentence after a conviction for sodomy.