Malaysia says police done with Anwar investigation

By Loh Li Lian and Jalil Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police have finished investigating a sodomy complaint against opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim, the government said on Thursday, and a security official told Reuters he will soon be formally charged.

The allegations against Anwar, who is gearing up to run for a parliamentary seat in a northern state, have added to months of political uncertainty in the country, rattling investors and denting confidence.

Home (Interior) Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Anwar had not been charged as yet, but that a police investigation was finished.

“The investigations have been completed and the papers sent to the attorney-general for further action, but I do not know what is the content of the investigation,” Syed Hamid told reporters.

But a security source told Reuters that Anwar faced an imminent formal charge. “It should be at anytime now,” the source said, declining to be identified. [more]

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