Immigration denies it detained Anwar at KLIA

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has denied that its officers had detained Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim upon his return from Istanbul at KL International Airport yesterday.

Department enforcement director Datuk Ishak Mohamed said Anwar was not stopped or questioned by immigration officers as he had claimed.
“Our officers only check and question foreigners entering the country,” he said.
Ishak said he was unaware if any other authority had questioned Anwar.
In Kuala Lumpur, Anwar’s private secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad claimed that Anwar was detained for 30 minutes by the Immigration Department on arrival at the airport.
Nik Nazmi claimed that an Immigration officer told Anwar that his name was on the Malaysian “suspects list” and they needed to check his passport and get clearance before allowing him in.
He also claimed that Anwar was held at the Immigration office before he was allowed to leave. No details were given when Anwar asked for the reason he was detained.