WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it is "deeply disappointed" that Malaysia's top court has upheld an opposition leader's sodomy conviction and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the ruling against Anwar Ibrahim raises serious concerns about the rule of law and fairness of Malaysia's judicial system.
In both Malaysia and abroad, Anwar's case is widely seen as a politically motivated effort to eliminate threats to the ruling coalition. Anwar is a popular opposition figure and had become a political threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Obama visited Malaysia last year and also played golf with Najib while both vacationed in Hawaii in December.
Meehan says the U.S. remains committed to its partnership with Malaysia and is urging the government to apply the law fairly.