Malaysia arrests cartoonist for criticizing Anwar verdict judges

February 11th, 2015  
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Malaysia has arrested a cartoonist for sedition over a Twitter post that criticized the judiciary for upholding a five-year jail term for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the courts of "bowing to the dictates of the political masters". The country's highest court on Tuesday rejected Anwar's appeal against a conviction for sodomy, illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, so sending back to prison the politician who poses the greatest threat to the long-ruling coalition. Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was arrested on Tuesday night after Malaysia's police chief ordered an investigation into his Malay-language tweet that suggested the judges had been paid off by politicians. Prime Minister Najib Razak's government has rejected any suggestion of interference in the case, saying that Malaysia had an independent judiciary, and there had been many rulings against senior government figures.


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