Wednesday August 03, 2005

Ex-police chief apologises to Anwar

Malaysia's former national police chief publicly apologised to ex-deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim over his 1998 beating in police custody, as they reached an out-of-court settlement.
Anwar, Malaysia's most charismatic dissident, will also receive unspecified financial compensation under the terms of the agreement he reached with former Police Chief Abdul Rahim Noor and co-defendants, the Interior Ministry and the government, the lawyers for both sides told the court.
Anwar had sued the three in a civil court over the beating he received from Abdul Rahim in September 1998, resulting in various injuries - such as an infamous black eye.
Anwar was in custody at the time after being ousted in a political struggle with ex-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1998.
Rahim Noor's lawyer, Joseph Ting read out a statement of apology in a Kuala Lumpur court, on behalf of his client:
"I Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor accept responsibility for the ... assault. The pain and hurt caused to you and to your family is deeply regretted. I sincerely apologise to you Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim and your family for the same."


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