Anwar targeted in Malaysia sedition case: lawyer

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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is the latest figure being targeted in a government crackdown on free speech, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Authorities have opened a sedition investigation into 67-year-old Anwar, lawyer Latheefa Koya said.

He is to be questioned on Friday by authorities, his party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), added in a statement.

That would make Anwar — who already is appealing a highly controversial March sodomy conviction —  the highest-profile person snared in a sedition dragnet that has seen new charges emerge on a weekly basis.

The sedition probe centres on comments he allegedly made during a 2011 political speech, PKR said, without specifying the offending remarks.

AFP was unable to immediately confirm the claim with police.

Sedition convictions bring up to three years in prison.

Source: AFP