Sunday, June 29, 2008

Anwar Ibrahim Denounces New Sodomy Charges As 'Fabrication'

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday denounced as a "complete fabrication" new allegations of sodomy against him, the same charge that saw him jailed a decade ago, reports AFP.

Anwar's Keadilan party said one of his aides, Saiful Bahari, had been arrested and forced to make a report saying the opposition leader had sodomised him -- an illegal act in Malaysia.

"The police report lodged against me earlier today is a complete fabrication," Anwar said in a statement. "I believe we are witnessing a repeat of the methods used against me in 1998 when false allegations were made under duress," he said.

The charges have erupted after Anwar's spectacular return to political life at the helm of a resurgent opposition, after being sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 and spending six years in jail on sex and corruption charges.

Keadilan said it feared Anwar would be arrested soon, but police said he would be investigated first.

"Yes, we have received a police report from an aide of Anwar Ibrahim that he was sodomised. But no, we will not arrest Anwar at the moment," said deputy police chief Ismail Omar. "We will investigate this report first. We will look into it and carry out the necessary steps before issuing any warrant of arrest," he told AFP.

The charismatic opposition leader said the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition was striking after he gave evidence against the government and police over fabrication of evidence in the original case against him.

"This is clearly a desperate attempt by the Barisan Nasional regime to arrest the movement of the Malaysian people towards freedom, democracy and justice," he said.

"I urge the Malaysian people to stand against the repressive forces that will be unleashed by the government in the coming days and weeks."

Anwar was convicted of the original charges of sodomy and corruption, which he said were politically motivated. He famously appeared in court with a black eye after being beaten by the police chief. He was released in 2004 when the sex charge was overturned, but the corruption conviction kept him out of politics until recently.

In March he led an alliance of opposition parties to unprecedented gains, wresting a third of parliamentary seats and five states from the Barisan Nasional coalition which has ruled for half a century.

Since then he has said he is poised to form a new administration with the help of defecting government lawmakers.

***** Although Dr Mahathir may have left the government and party, it seems that his below-the-belt strategies and dirty tricks are very much in vogue at Umno HQ. Such is the fear of Anwar that these desperadoes are even willing to recycle old ploys and schemes to get rid of him and retain power. But we have gone too far down the road of real freedom recently to turn back and embrace dictatorships, racists and tyrants.

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Blogger kittykat46 said...

There is one who wants to be PM who is a protege of Mahathir and emulates his tactics.

If he is behind this latest incident, he's making a BIG mistake.
People no longer fear the BN regime.
Ambassador to Mongolia, anyone ?

11:05 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although nothing really surprises with when it comes to the BN (read: UMNO's dirty tactics), I must say that I am a little surprised that they are doing this!
I agree with kittykat46, I think we all know who's behind this. he's seeing his grasp of the No. 1 post slowly leeching away & is now really getting desperate!
They think Malaysians will sit back quietly this time?!
If there are really any BN MPs waiting to "cross over", now is the time!

12:27 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Francis said...

Din Merican writes:

This is the accuser, Saiful Bukhari (picture in red neckie). My colleagues and I knew that he was planted by the other side. So we kept him under surveillance since the day he turned up in our office just before the March 2008 elections. It was a matter of time and we would have exposed him as someone with links to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He knew that the noose was tightening around his neck."

More here:

The accuser and some information where they work for Najis

12:48 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am confused and I think Malaysians are confused too as to find the truth.It looks to me that slander and cheats is the new trends of our government. I could accept these happening if it happens in Zimbabwee or any african Nations. Malaysians are suppose to be smart well read and learned soceity and this game just could fit in Malaysian soceity.

10:08 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a big coverup as to divert the people attention from the very critical issues lately.So another big issues had to be created in order to
cover another issues and I am of the opinion that the rakyat had to use their common sense and side the truth
We believed in God and the truth shall prevail and If anwar is not guilty he has nothing to worry and face the consequences and for the second time I think he must be prepared to face the consequences.

10:16 AM GMT+8  
Blogger daneil said...

If Anwar is SMART he should be prepared for his defences and he could use the best lawyers to proof his not guilty this is just another game.Well this is the time for him to lambasted the government and be more popular.

10:21 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Malaysians who want to know more about the earlier sodomy charges should watch Anwar's Trial at

10:51 AM GMT+8  

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