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Anwar failed to meet conditions: Japanese official
Publication Date : 21-01-2014
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was denied entry into Tokyo because he had allegedly failed to satisfy conditions stipulated under Japanese Immigration laws, says a Japanese Immigration official.
According to the official at the Narita International Airport, the authorities had the right to deny entry to any person who had failed to fulfil conditions stipulated under Article 7 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
“We are not in a position to answer individual private matters,” said the Japanese Immigration officer when contacted on Monday.
Under Japanese laws, a person who had been imprisoned for more than a year can be denied entry into the country, as stipulated under Article 5 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
Anwar had been imprisoned for more than six years for abuse of power.
Apart from producing a valid passport, other conditions for entry into Japan included having proof of purpose of the visit and whether the length of stay complied with the visitor’s programme.
The officer said a passenger could always appeal to the authorities if he was not satisfied with the explanation given.
Anwar was barred from entering Japan after landing at the airport at 6:45am on Sunday.
He reportedly said that the Japanese Immigration officials had initially explained that he was denied entry because of a previous conviction in 1999.
He argued that he had entered Tokyo without hindrance in 2006, 2009 and 2012.
“They then told me that the action taken was based on a latest report possibly made last year,” he added.
Anwar said he went to Tokyo on the invitation of Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa to present a paper on Muslim Democrats but was forced to return to Malaysia.