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Daughter of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar arrested for alleged sedition

FILE - In this  Saturday, March 7, 2015 file photo, lawmaker and a vice-president of the People's Justice Party Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of oppression leader Anwar Ibrahim, speaks to protesters as they gather to demand the freedom of Anwar, in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police arrested Monday, March 16, the eldest daughter of jailed Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent. He began a 5-year prison sentence on Feb. 10 after being found guilty of sodomizing a former male aide in 2008. Anwar has maintained his innocence and claims he is a victim of a political vendetta by the government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2015 file photo, lawmaker and a vice-president of the People's Justice Party Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of oppression leader Anwar Ibrahim, speaks to protesters as they gather to demand the freedom of Anwar, in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police arrested Monday, March 16, the eldest daughter of jailed Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent. He began a 5-year prison sentence on Feb. 10 after being found guilty of sodomizing a former male aide in 2008. Anwar has maintained his innocence and claims he is a victim of a political vendetta by the government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysian police have arrested the eldest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.

Opposition party official Fahmi Fadzil says Nurul Izzah Anwar was arrested Monday and will be held overnight in a police lockup because of a speech she made last week in Parliament.

Nurul Izzah is a lawmaker and a vice president in Anwar's People's Justice Party.

Fahmi said the arrest was "ridiculous and outrageous" as lawmakers have immunity over comments made in Parliament. He said the move was intended to silence the opposition after Anwar was jailed last month when he lost a final appeal against a sodomy conviction.