Anwar: I'll be charged tomorrow
Aug 6, 08 12:38pm
PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he had been informed he would be formally charged with sodomy tomorrow - a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.
"They are charging me tomorrow. It's for sodomy," Anwar told AFP, adding that the authorities had informed him of the move in a letter.
Anwar, a former deputy premier who was jailed a decade ago on sodomy charges that were later overturned, faces new allegations by a 23-year-old aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Anwar has rejected the accusations which he says have been fabricated to prevent him from toppling the government, after landmark March elections that handed the opposition an unprecedented one-third of parliamentary seats.
He announced last week he would contest a by-election for a seat vacated by his wife and earlier today the Election Commission announced the vote would be held on Aug 26.
The commission's chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said parties must nominate their candidates on Aug 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 told reporters.
Polling day on Tuesday
Anwar, the figurehead of PKR which heads the three-member opposition alliance, has said he is bracing for "massive" vote-rigging by the government to block him from winning the key ballot.
PKR information chief Tian Chua condemned the authorities' decision to hold the vote on a Tuesday, instead of on the weekend which is usual practice.
"I think the reason they are having it on a weekday is to reduce the turnout," he said.
"This is a deliberate action to inconvenience the voters. We condemn the Election Commission for their decision."
"We fear there could be rigging. We urge our supporters not to be complacent, it is going to be a tough battle but we are confident of victory," he said.
Earlier today, the police visited Anwar at his home in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm and is learnt to have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.
The police team was led by ASP Jude Pereira, who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar's house.
Visit by police
The police visited the home of PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm today and it is learnt that they have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.
The police team was led by DSP Jude Pereira - who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar's house.
The notice requires Anwar to be present at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 10am tomorrow.
Anwar meanwhile has called for a press conference at the PKR headquarters at 3pm today.
At present he is believed to be having a meeting with his lawyers and party leaders.
The sodomy charge preferred against Anwar is not expected to have a bearing in the by-election as only convicted persons are barred from contesting or forced to step down from being an elected representative. - malaysiakini
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Anwar: I will be charged tomorrow - Malaysiakini
Looks like "they" are fighting against time. Desperately fighting against time. Anwar must be charged at whatever costs to stop him from contesting!