Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim: proof sodomy evidence fabricated

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim came out of hiding Monday, and says he has damaging evidence that proves senior members of the government faked evidence for sodomy charges against him.

"I have new evidence about the fabrication of evidence against me in 1998," Anwar told CNN Monday. "I totally reject these malicious attacks."

Anwar was the heir apparent to former premier Mahathir Mohamad until 1998, when he was sacked and charged for corruption and sodomy. (CNN)

In addition, Malyasiakini reports that Anwar Ibrahim has scheduled a news conference for 15:00 (in 2.5 hours from the time of this posting). The outstanding online newspaper reports that his party plans to hold a public rally in the evening.

The Wikipedia bioography page for Anwar Ibrahim includes an up-to-date timeline of events just preceding this latest news:
  • At 11.03pm on June 29, 2008, online news portal Malaysiakini reported that an aide of Anwar Ibrahim had lodged a police report claiming that he had been sodomised by Anwar. . . . with reports that SMS messages are being distributed claiming that the the person who made the report is Anwar's aide, Saiful Bahari, who was arrested earlier today and allegedly forced to make a false confession. The same SMS message also claimed the possibility of Anwar being arrested later today.
  • Anwar has since denied the allegations claiming that it was a complete fabrication and made in retaliation against him due to his recent acquisition of evidence that implicates the current Inspector General of the Police, Musa Hassan, and the Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail, in misconduct including fabrication of evidence used against him during the 1998-1999 trials for corruption and sodomy.
  • On Sunday morning, June 30, Anwar moved into the compound of the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur at the invitation of the Turkish ambassador, however the Turkish Ambassador Barlas Ozener denied this and told Foreign Minister of Malaysia Dr Rais Yatim that Anwar had come on “his own accord for a visit”. Dr Rais added Malaysia was concerned that getting protection or shelter from foreign missions would become a trend for those who violated the country’s law. . . .

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