Malaysia’s Judicial Tango

Malaysian authorities are in a complicated dance with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, with the basic steps seemingly designed to obscure the reasons for the dance. Officers of the country’s Anti-Corruption Agency last week announced they might arrest Anwar for protecting an anonymous whistle-blower who gave him a 14-minute videotape purporting to show a prominent, well-connected Kuala Lumpur lawyer in conversation with the current chief justice of the supreme court, allegedly fixing judicial appointments. The month-old search for the whistle-blower has largely diverted attention away from the allegations made in the videotape itself.

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