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Lawyer Says Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Faces Arrest Over Sex Charges


A lawyer for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says police have issued an arrest warrant for the former deputy prime minister in connection with a sodomy accusation filed by a former male aide.

Counsel Sankara Nair said Tuesday that police had set a deadline of Wednesday for Anwar to report for questioning.

Anwar defied an order to be questioned on Monday, saying he was angry about being banned from parliament during an opposition bid to mount a debate criticizing Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Anwar says the accusations are a government plot to keep him from taking power. He has said that he has the support of enough lawmakers to topple Mr. Abdullah's administration and form a new government.

In March, Anwar led the opposition to a stunning electoral victory, breaking the ruling National Front coalition's two-thirds majority hold on parliament for the first time in four decades. The opposition also won control of five states.

The vote results triggered calls for Mr. Abdullah to step down.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.


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