Malaysia issues court summons for Anwar

Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he will be charged with sodomy on Thursday.

The looming charge comes as Anwar Ibrahim prepares for an upcoming by-election.

Our reporter in Kuala Lumpur Steve Holland says the Permatang Pauh by-election in Northern Penang state was expected to see Anwar Ibrahim return to front-line politics.

The seat was last week vacated by his wife, Wan Azizah Ismail.

Now, Anwar Ibrahim says the prospect of charges relating to sodomy threatens his return to Parliament.

“I regret to say I fear an enormous injustice is about to be perpetrated upon the Malaysian people.”

The Election Commission earlier set August the 26th as the date for the upcoming by-election.

The commission’s chairman, Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, says parties must nominate their candidates on August 16.

“During the by-election, it is important for all parties to follow the orders given by the security authorities and ensure peace and stability,” he said. [more]

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