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Dr Munawar - Press Conference



Dear Editor/Bureau Chief,

Dr. Munawar Anees press conference
27 November 2008, 11:00 AM at PKR Headquarters in Merchant's Square

Kindly be informed that Dr. Munawar Anees will be speaking to the press on 27 November 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Headquarters to provide an update on the status of his case against the government of Malaysia.

On October 30th the Malaysian Federal Court dismissed his appeal against his earlier sodomy conviction. Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi, who presided over a three-judge panel, offered no clarification as to the grounds for the dismissal. On Thursday Dr. Anees will discuss his plan to continue to press for justice in this case.

Dr. Anees, who served as an advisor to Anwar Ibrahim when he was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, was convicted of sodomy with Anwar in 1998 and was jailed one day before Anwar Ibrahim was himself arrested under the ISA. was detained for four months before being released. Dr. Anees later appealed his conviction and sentence, claiming he had been forced to make a false confession. His case resembles that of others who pled guilty to being involved in misconduct with Anwar Ibrahim and whose confessions were later found to have been coerced, confirming a consistent pattern of manipulation of the criminal justice system in Malaysia.

Dr. Anees is a world renowned writer and thinker, and leading progressive social and scientific voice in the Islamic world. He has authored over a dozen books and over 300 articles, book reviews and anthologies published in international scholarly journals. In 2002, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

We appreciate if you may send journalist/photojournalist to cover the press conference on Thursday, November 27 at 11:00 AM.

Thank you.

Pakistani-American writer Munawar A Anees plans to re-apply to the Court of Appeal to set aside its ruling dismissing his sodomy conviction last year.

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