Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2014 09:05
A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said.
Karpal Singh, 73, died along with a longtime assistant when his vehicle collided with a lorry on a highway in the northern state of Perak in the early morning, said state police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah.
Anwar said the news of Karpal's death came "like a lightning bolt".
"Just last evening, I had had a lengthy chat with him," he said in a statement, expressing "profound sadness".