Monday, June 30, 2008

Malaysia opposition leader leaves safe haven

Allegra Stratton and agencies,
Monday June 30, 2008

Malaysia's main opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, today left the Turkish ambassador's house in Kuala Lumpur where he sought refuge following accusations of sodomy.

The former deputy prime minister of Malaysia said that he had been offered safe haven in the Turkish ambassador's house after arriving at the embassy last night believing the government had plans to assassinate him.
Supporters feared he might be arrested after a 23-year year-old aide filed a complaint with the police accusing Anwar of sodomising him, which is punishable in Malaysia by up to 20 years in prison.
Anwar left the embassy today after receiving a government assurance about his safety.
"I pray that enough will be done for my security," Anwar said before climbing into his vehicle. "The new allegation is a repeat of the 1998 fiasco," he said.
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