The Age – Anwar arrested on sodomy charge July 16, 2008Posted by ibrahimbaba in Anwar, politik.
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Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim has again been arrested for sodomy, setting the stage for political upheaval as his opposition party gains ground on the Government.
The arrest is a repeat of scenes a decade ago when the former deputy prime minister was arrested on sodomy and corruption charges after leading protests against then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The Government denied the sodomy allegation was a political conspiracy.
“The purpose of the investigations is not to fix someone but is to really help him clear his name,” Domestic Trade Minister Shahrir Samad said.
Mr Anwar’s lawyer said the opposition leader had agreed to meet police at a pre-arranged time over a sodomy complaint lodged by a former aide, but the arrest came about an hour before that.
“They say he was arrested under Section 377 of the Penal Code (sodomy),” Sankara Nair said. “He was arrested as a suspect in the case.”
“There was a lot of fear and intimidation. It’s absolutely unnecessary.”
Mr Nair said police could detain Mr Anwar for up to 24 hours, after which they would have to obtain a remand order from the court to allow further detention for up to 14 days without charging him.
Mr Anwar is leading a charge by the opposition to seize power by September.
The authorities sealed roads to the police headquarters where Mr Anwar was taken, while a water cannon was on standby and a helicopter circled overhead, as authorities braced for a possible repeat of 1998 protests when Mr Anwar’s arrest brought tens of thousands to the streets.
“Don’t provoke the people … why are police trying to test the people’s patience?” Azmin Ali, a leader of Mr Anwar’s People Justice Party, said.
“I am giving a very strong reminder to the police, don’t provoke us.”
Mr Anwar’s supporters have cast the sodomy allegation as an attempt by Premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Government to prevent the Opposition from gaining ground.
Federal criminal investigation chief Bakri Zinin confirmed that Mr Anwar had been arrested but declined to elaborate. Mr Anwar was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 and later jailed for corruption and sodomy after leading street protests against then premier Mahathir Mohamad’s government during the Asian financial crisis.
The supreme court overturned the sodomy conviction six years later.
Mr Anwar today appealed for his supporters to remain calm if he was arrested.
“I appeal to them to exercise patience and let us deal with this according to standard procedures,” he said.
“We will challenge on every ground.”
Abdullah’s Barisan Nasional coalition is still trying to recover from a disastrous showing in a March general election, when it lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority and ceded five states to the opposition.