Thursday, August 21, 2008

Two from Anwar’s party held for graft

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 20: Malaysia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested two state lawmakers from Opposition leader Mr Anwar Ibrahim's party for alleged bribery today, complicating his bid to re-enter parliament.

Opposition groups voiced concerns that the arrests were meant to undermine public support for Mr Anwar ahead of next week's parliamentary by-election. Mr Anwar has persistently accused prime minister Mr Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration of rampant corruption and has pledged to seize power by mid-September.

The government's anti-corruption agency said it detained two legislators and four other suspects for alleged crimes in connection to a 180 million ringgit ($56 million) housing project and a sex case. The arrests could be a potential embarrassment for Mr Anwar, who is already fighting a sodomy charge. n AP

Two from Anwar’s party held for graft
The Statesman, India