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Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 8:28:32 AM
Stressing a point: Anifah giving the press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: Wisma Putra will work to speed up the judicial process of the case involving a Malaysian couple being held in custody in Sweden for allegedly hitting one of their four children, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
“It is not proper to interfere with the judicial system of another country. However, they have been very accommodating and cooperative.
“What we seek is that due process is speeded up as we think that the detention and subsequent 14-day remand is too long,” he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.
Azizul Raheem Awalludin, a Tourism Malaysia director in Stockholm, and his wife Shalwati Nurshal were reported to have hit their 12-year-old son for not performing his prayers.
They have reportedly been detained for a month in Sweden and are still in custody for two weeks before the case is heard.
Anifah said Malaysian embassy officials had visited the children on Friday and they were in good spirits.
“They wanted to stay with Muslim foster parents and to come home to Malaysia as soon as possible,” he said.
Anifah said a list of three Muslim families had been submitted to the Swedish authorities as temporary foster parents for the children, adding that he expected a decision would be made soon.
On whether Malaysian civil servants serving abroad are briefed by Wisma Putra on the “dos and don’t” of a host country prior to their posting, he said this was a standard operating procedure.
A Wisma Putra statement said the Government had issued diplomatic notes to Sweden on the matter, while official representations were made by the Malaysian ambassador to Sweden to the highest level of relevant authorities there.
On another matter, Anifah strongly denied that Malaysia was behind the Japanese government’s decision to bar Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from entering the country.
He noted that every country has a sovereign right to deny entry to anyone whom they think are undesirable due to whatever reason.
He said that it was unthinkable for him or Malaysia to influence Japan to deny entry to anyone, including Anwar.
“We have nothing to do with it,” he added.
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