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Anwar’s Lawyer Seeks Explanation Over Alleged Denial Of Access

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PUTRAJAYA : Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s newly appointed international legal adviser is seeking an explanation from the Home Minister as to why she was denied access to her client.

Kimberley Motley, the latest addition to Anwar’s legal team said that her Malaysian counterpart had submitted a letter to the Sungai Buloh prison‎ dated September 10, informing them of yesterday’s planned meeting.

“However, when we went to the prison this morning, I was not allowed to meet my client and no reasons were given.

“I would like to meet the Home Minister ‎to seek answers as to why I can’t see Anwar,” she said when met at the Home Ministry.

Motley, who was accompanied by lawyer ‎Raul Lee Bhaskaran, could not secure a meeting with Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was not in his office at that time.

“I will continue to try to meet both the Home Minister and Anwar while I’m here. I’ve travelled thousands of miles to see my clients and I’m denied access. This is a travesty of justice,” said the United States’ based lawyer.

Motley said she was appointed by Anwar to be his international legal adviser on September 7 and would be working on his case pro bono‎ or without any fees.

“I have known his case for a number of years have spoken to his lawyers and daughter (Nurul Izzah). I intend to be present in court with his Malaysian legal team whenever Anwar’s case is on,” she said.

Motley has been a practicing attorney since 2003 and has worked in Afghanistan since 2008. She is founder of Motley Legal Services and cofounder to Motley Consulting International.

In addition to her legal practice in Afghanistan and the U.S. she has also done extensive research work particularly in the area of juvenile justice that has been reported internationally.

She graduated from Marquette Law School in 2003, and also received a Master’s of Science Degree in the area of Criminal Justice in 2003 and a B.S. in the area of criminal justice with a minor in political science in 2000 from the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin.

In 2004 she was also crowned as Mrs. Wisconsin.

Sungai Buloh prisons officials and Prisons director-general ‎Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar could not be contacted for comments.

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