Anwar Ibrahim is not only popular at home but is also popular outside Malaysia especially with Western leaders and world corporate figures. After getting show of support from the American with subtle warning given by Secretary Of State Condoleeza Rice to the Malaysian government not to conspire against him again, Anwar friends in the West are asking for the charges against him to be dropped. It seems a bit odd because he has not been charged yet.
The letter of appeal is posted below.
NEW YORK, July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following Communique is sent to you for immediate release:
As many of those who have had the privilege to work with him or under his leadership in international institutions, we have heard with deep concern the charges filed against the honorable Datuk Seri Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, in spite of the fact that similar unsubstantiated charges filed ten years ago against him were overturned by the Supreme Court.
We would like, in such circumstances, to reiterate our full confidence in his moral integrity, as a man who has demonstrated, in the discharge of his national and international responsibilities, the highest ethical standards of leadership, fighting for international justice, peace and development.
We want also to express our confidence that whatever the present political circumstances, the Government of Malaysia will exert a particular restraint in the handling of this case and will demonstrate, by dropping the charges introduced against Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, an exemplary sense of respect for the rights of the individual which are so important to the international standing of Malaysia.
-- Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada and former Chairman of the G20
-- Michel Camdessus, Former Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of the International Monetary Fund
-- James Wolfensohn, Former President of the World Bank
SOURCE Paul Martin; Michel Camdessus; James WolfensohnCopyright (C) 2008 PR Newswire. All rights reserved