Malaysian PM claims he is not involved in the charging of Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has denied being involved in the new sodomy charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“How can I insist that he be charged? If there is no evidence, the police are not stupid to charge him,” the Prime Minister said, when asked to comment on Anwar’s accusation that he (Abdullah) had planned the sodomy charge.

Abdullah also dismissed Anwar’s claim the charge was an attempt to deflect the public’s attention from the Government’s problems.

“The Government’s problem is a huge problem and this (sodomy charge) is not going to deflect other kind of problems we are having at the moment,” he told reporters after chairing the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting yesterday.

He said he had never given the police the impression he wanted Anwar to be charged.

“I am not one to ask people to charge (other people). I did say that if you have something to charge and you have evidence then charge. If you don’t have evidence then drop the charge, drop the whole thing and the investigation. [more]

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