PETALING JAYA - PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has questioned why it has taken the authorities so long to question him over alleged seditious remarks he made during a ceramah three years ago.
This comes after the Attorney-General's Chambers instructed police to reopen a case, where a report was lodged against the Opposition Leader for discussing his Sodomy II ruling during a talk in Taman Melawati on March 25, 2011.
He said the police had quizzed three other Pakatan Rakyat leaders - Azmin Ali, Saari Sungib and Amiruddin Shaari - over the case in 2011 and froze investigations until recently, under orders from Putrajaya.
"This is quite regrettable and strange," said Anwar, pointing out that his counsel, PKR vice-president N. Surendran had also been charged with allegedly uttering seditious statements over the Sodomy II appeal.
"If it was really seditious, they would have deemed it necessary to take immediate measures. Clearly, this was not the case. This is not just malicious prosecution but it is persecution!" he said.
With just weeks before his appeal over his sodomy case is to be heard in the Federal Court, Anwar surmised that the investigation was a means to harass and apply political pressure on him.
His lawyer Latheefa Koya said it was made known that a police report was lodged against Anwar on March 28, 2011, though the authorities did not reveal the complainant or if and when Anwar would be charged for sedition.
Amnesty International had slammed the sedition investigation against Anwar, claiming that it was politically motivated.