Anwar’s lawyer banned from prison visits

Latheefa Koya is not allowed to visit her client Anwar Ibrahim at Sungei Buloh Prison. (Youtube screengrab)

PETALING JAYA: The Prisons Department has banned Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer, Latheefa Koya, from visiting him after questions were raised about a public statement released in his name last week.

Prison officials inquired into the statement, released last Saturday, which contained criticisms by the former opposition leader of the Election Commission’s redelineation report and the tabling of the Anti-Fake News Bill.

The release of the statement to the media was questioned by deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed on the grounds that Anwar is prohibited by prison rules from communicating with the world outside without formal permission from the director-general of prisons.

The director of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Prisons Department, Darussalam Budin, announced the ban on Latheefa Koya, who is also a central leadership council member of PKR.

He said prison regulations state that any meeting between an inmate and his lawyer should only be for the purposes of discussing relevant matters.

He said Section 26 of the Prisons Act stated than an inmate, even if physically outside prison walls but still serving his sentence, is still bound by the prisons regulations.

Anwar is serving a five-year jail term at the Sungei Buloh Prison on a conviction of sodomy involving his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He is expected to be released on June 8, after having completed two-thirds of his sentence in accordance with prison regulations.

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