Anwar foreshadows sodomy charge

MALAYSIA’S opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim insists he will fight a by-election later this year and form a new government despite fears he will soon be charged with sodomy.

“There are thousands of criminal cases not properly investigated. Why pursue this with zeal and in an unjust way? Is it because I will participate in a by-election,” Anwar said today.

“You want me to withdraw? No. I will continue to pursue the change. Let’s see if they want to charge me,” he said after being interviewed by Islamic sharia enforcement officials over the sodomy allegations.

The former deputy prime minister admitted that his family and friends will undergo the same suffering they experienced in 1998 if he is “victimised, arrested and jailed.”

Anwar has said the allegations of a young male aide, a repeat of charges that saw him jailed a decade ago, have been fabricated to block his plans to topple the coalition that has ruled Malaysia for half a century.

He has demanded that police stop the investigation and called the aide, 23-year-old Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, an “outright liar” who was working with others in power to frame him.

Police, however, have said they will continue sodomy investigations on Anwar despite a leaked medical report which he said had vindicated him as it showed no evidence that his accuser was sodomised. [more]

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