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22 Sept’15 – Book Launch/Forum: The Prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim – The Final Play by Mark Trowell

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Penang Institute, the public policy think tank of the Penang state government is proud to organize the upcoming book launch and forum on “The Prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim – the Final Play -” by Mark Trowell.
Date: 22 September 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm (Registration starts at 8.00pm)
Venue: Hall 2, Wawasan Open University, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang

On 9 January 2012, after a lengthy two-year trial, Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of charges of sodomy against his 23-year-old aide. The acquital was a shock not only to Anwar, who expected to go to jail, but to most international observers who were convinced he would be found guilty.

This book recounts both the first sodomy episode (1998 – 2004) and the Sodomy II trial (2008 – 2012). It then takes up the story after the acquittal, describing the events that led to the Malaysian Court of Appeal overturning the ruling in March 2014, convicting Anwar of the charge and sentencing him to five years’ imprisonment, the final appeal against the conviction in the Federal Court of Malaysia in October 2014, and the guilty verdict that was finally delivered on 10 February 2015.

About the Author
Mark Trowell QC, is co-chair of the criminal law standing committee of LAWASIA. In recent years, he has been an international observer reporting on behalf of LAWASIA, the Australian Bar Association, the International Commission of Justices, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Union Internationale des Advocates. He has also represented the interests of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union at the criminal trials and appeals of opposition leaders Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia and General Sarath Fonseka in Sri Lanka.

8.00pm – Registration
8.30pm – Welcoming Speech by YB Zairil Khir Johari, Executive Director of Penang Institute
8.35pm – Opening Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
8.55pm – Book Launch
9.00pm – Speech by Author
9.15pm – Panel Discussion
                     Panelist 1 – Mark Trowell QC
                     Panelist 2 – Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan
9.45pm – Q&A Session
10.30pm – Closing & Adjournment

Due to limited seating, we require your kind assistance to reserve your participation as soon as possible at