Friday, August 08, 2008

Malaysian political leader, Anwar Ibrahim pleads not guilty to sodomy charge

UK Pink News reports:
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim been bailed by a court in Malaysia after pleading not guilty to charges of sodomy. His trial will begin on September 10th. In June the 60-year-old politician, a former deputy Prime Minister, was accused by his assistant and temporarily sought refuge in the Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Human rights groups have claimed the charges are politically motivated. In court Anwar called the allegations against him malicious and pleaded not guilty. "This is clearly a political game," he said. "The charge is meant to embarrass me and nothing else." The allegations mirror a trail in 1988 that saw him locked up for six years. READ MORE