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Thursday, September 02, 2004

No malice toward Mahathir: Anwar

No malice toward Mahathir: Anwar: "No malice toward Mahathir: Anwar
Putrajya: Freed by a court after six years in prison, Malaysia's former deputy leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday that he bears no ill will to the man he has blamed for putting him behind bars, retired prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

'I bear no malice against him. Let him retire,' Anwar told reporters in his first remarks after a panel of Malaysia's highest court announced a 2-1 verdict overturning his conviction for sodomy. But, six years to the day that Mahathir fired him as his heir-apparent, Anwar maintained that the convictions of sodomy and corruption leveled against him after he led massive anti-Mahathir demonstrations in 1998 had been 'highly politically motivated.'

'I feel vindicated,' Anwar said.

'This is all about justice. I bear malice against no one.' Anwar said he planned to travel to Germany as soon as he can obtain a passport for surgery for a back injury blamed partly on a beating suffered at the hands of Malaysia's then-police chief six years ago. Mahathir fired Anwar on Sept. 2, 1998, amid a power struggle linked to policy differences over the Asian economic crisis. "

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