A Johny-come-lately American lawyer, who is also a former beauty queen is making a ruckus for unable to see her client and demanded to meet the Home Minister for it.
The Star story:
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 | MYT 4:28 PM
Anwar’s lawyer seeks explanation over alleged denial of access
BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS
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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.
Motley must first appreciate that the prison system is not here to serve her convenience.
The fact is that she submitted the notice to visit Anwar Ibrahim, who she claimed to be her client on 10 September. That is a Saturday. In this country, Saturday is non working day for public services.
The nation has also been on leave since Saturday till yesterday, which is Hari Raya Korban, the second most important religious holiday for Muslims worldwide.
Motley cannot expect to have her application probably opened the first time this morning and granted the visitation. There could be many reasons for being denied visitation.
Probably the notice is too short. Had Motley written and given the notice in seven working days, probably it would make better sense.
Two, to the prison services officers, Motley is not a known legal counsel for Anwar. Hence, the prison officers might need a little more time to process and verify Motley’s request.
Three, being an American doesn’t actually help for the prison officers to process the application. Let alone faster. Probably it could take longer because she is a foreigner and practicing law not registered with the Bar Council.
Who the hell Motley thinks she is demanding to see the Home Minister, just because she cannot see Anwar which could arise by her own shortcomings?
Its a typical diva attitude, coupled with the American arrogance that the world is so familiar with.
What Motley ought to do is apply to see Anwar and get a number. The prison system exist not to serve people like her. She wait until she get her business done, not the prison service serve her convenience.
Then again, what other angles yet Anwar Ibrahim or any of his legal team yet to pronounce this far which have not been said. Being a motley crew is best describing Anwar’s legal team since eighteen years ago.