Former deputy premier and PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim expects to be charged in court for sodomy today, a non bailable offence punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. Read the Malaysiakini report, here.
Anwar holds prime minister Abdullah personally responsible for the damage that is about to be done to the nation and to the integrity and dignity of the Malays. He claims that his sources in the AG’s Chambers had told him that the office was against preferring any charge. However, he said the police and Abdullah’s close associates were allegedly keen on pursuing with the trial.
Abdullah has dismissed Anwar's suggestions that the impending charge was meant to sabotage the latter's campaign for the Permatang Pauh by-election, which has been set for August 26, on a weekday which is quite unprecedented and obviously meant to reduce voter turnout. "How could I insist that he be charged? If there is no evidence, the police are not stupid to charge, just because so-and-so have said ‘charge'. I'm not one to say charge," he said.
Well, I've got news for you, Pak Lah. The police are stupid indeed to proceed with what is not going to be an open and shut case, especially when you will get your deputy, the IGP and even the AG himself all fighting to salvage their careers and maintain the respect of their families and friends.
Meanwhile, Raja Petra Kamarudin of Malaysia Today has yet another shocker, "What the IGP and the AG do not know... yet". Read it, here.
Update at 1600hrs: "This is a malicious and treacherous slander, I'm not guilty," Anwar told Sessions Court judge SM Komathy Suppiah today. Read it here. The prosecution did not oppose bail and he was later released on a RM20,000 personal bond without surety.
(Poster courtesy Mob's Crib)
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