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Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister on the release of Anwar Ibrahim

May 16, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada is delighted that Anwar Ibrahim has been released from prison today with a full pardon.

Mr. Anwar’s pardon is a welcome development, and one that comes shortly after Malaysia’s historic election on 9 May, which saw the first transfer of power since Malaysia achieved independence in 1957.

Canada had grave concerns about Mr. Anwar’s trial and conviction, a process which raised questions about judicial independence and selective prosecutions in Malaysia. The rule of law and an independent judiciary are essential to the flourishing of democracy and to the institutions of a peaceful and prosperous society.

We look forward to working with the new government of Malaysia to further deepening our bilateral partnership to the mutual benefit of our citizens.”

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