Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be charged tomorrow!

Malaysiakini reported here at 12.38 p.m. today:

Anwar: I’ll be charged tomorrow

Aug 6, 08 12:38pm
PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he had been informed he would be formally charged with sodomy tomorrow – a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

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“They are charging me tomorrow. It’s for sodomy,” Anwar told AFP, adding that the authorities had informed him of the move in a letter.

anwar ibrahim and saiful bukhari azlan sodomy allegationsAnwar, a former deputy premier who was jailed a decade ago on sodomy charges that were later overturned, faces new allegations by a 23-year-old aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Anwar has rejected the accusations which he says have been fabricated to prevent him from toppling the government, after landmark March elections that handed the opposition an unprecedented one-third of parliamentary seats.

He announced last week he would contest a by-election for a seat vacated by his wife and earlier today the Election Commission announced the vote would be held on Aug 26.

The commission’s chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said parties must nominate their candidates on Aug 16.

“During the by-election, it is important for all parties to follow the orders given by the security authorities and ensure peace and stability,” he told reporters.

Polling day on Tuesday

Anwar, the figurehead of PKR which heads the three-member opposition alliance, has said he is bracing for “massive” vote-rigging by the government to block him from winning the key ballot.

PKR information chief Tian Chua condemned the authorities’ decision to hold the vote on a Tuesday, instead of on the weekend which is usual practice.

“I think the reason they are having it on a weekday is to reduce the turnout,” he said.

“This is a deliberate action to inconvenience the voters. We condemn the Election Commission for their decision.”

“We fear there could be rigging. We urge our supporters not to be complacent, it is going to be a tough battle but we are confident of victory,” he said.

Earlier today, the police visited Anwar at his home in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm and is learnt to have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.

The police team was led by ASP Jude Pereira, who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar’s house.

Visit by police

The police visited the home of PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm today and it is learnt that they have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.

The police team was led by DSP Jude Pereira – who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar’s house.

The notice requires Anwar to be present at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 10am tomorrow.

Anwar meanwhile has called for a press conference at the PKR headquarters at 3pm today.

At present he is believed to be having a meeting with his lawyers and party leaders.

The sodomy charge preferred against Anwar is not expected to have a bearing in the by-election as only convicted persons are barred from contesting or forced to step down from being an elected representative.

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UPDATED at 4.02 p.m.:

anwar ibrahim court order police asp jude pereira 060808 05

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PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he had been informed he would be formally charged with sodomy tomorrow – a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.”They are charging me tomorrow. It’s for sodomy,” Anwar told AFP, adding that the authorities had informed him of the move in a letter.

Anwar, a former deputy premier who was jailed a decade ago on sodomy charges that were later overturned, faces new allegations by a 23-year-old aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Deputy police chief Ismail Omar confirmed the Attorney-General’s office had decided to charge Anwar and that he was required to appear in court at 10am tomorrow.

“The police have completed their investigations into the allegations of sexual misconduct involving Anwar Ibrahim according to the principles and the procedures of law within the country’s legal system,” he said in a statement.

Anwar has rejected the accusations which he says have been fabricated to prevent him from toppling the government, after landmark March elections that handed the opposition an unprecedented one-third of parliamentary seats.

He announced last week he would contest a by-election for a seat vacated by his wife and earlier today the Election Commission announced the vote would be held on Aug 26.

The commission’s chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said parties must nominate their candidates on Aug 16.

“During the by-election, it is important for all parties to follow the orders given by the security authorities and ensure peace and stability,” he told reporters.

Polling day on Tuesday

Anwar, the figurehead of PKR which heads the three-member opposition alliance, has said he is bracing for “massive” vote-rigging by the government to block him from winning the key ballot.

PKR information chief Tian Chua condemned the authorities’ decision to hold the vote on a Tuesday, instead of on the weekend which is usual practice.

“I think the reason they are having it on a weekday is to reduce the turnout,” he said.

“This is a deliberate action to inconvenience the voters. We condemn the Election Commission for their decision.”

“We fear there could be rigging. We urge our supporters not to be complacent, it is going to be a tough battle but we are confident of victory,” he said.

Earlier today, the police visited Anwar at his home in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm and is learnt to have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.

The police team was led by ASP Jude Pereira, who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar’s house.

Visit by police

The police visited the home of PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm today and it is learnt that they have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.

anwar ibrahim court order police asp jude pereira 060808 03The police team was led by DSP Jude Pereira (left) – who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar’s house.

The notice requires Anwar to be present at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 10am tomorrow.

Anwar meanwhile has called for a press conference at the PKR headquarters at 3pm today.

At present he is believed to be having a meeting with his lawyers and party leaders.

The sodomy charge preferred against Anwar is not expected to have a bearing in the by-election as only convicted persons are barred from contesting or forced to step down from being an elected representative.

Election Commission secretary Kamaruzaman Mohamad Noor said Anwar could still contest the by-election even after charges were laid, although he would be disqualified if he is found guilty and jailed.

“Under Malaysian laws, you are only guilty when you are convicted. Otherwise, being charged does not make you a convict, or a guilty person,” he told AFP.

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9 thoughts on “Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be charged tomorrow!

  1. scott

    fuck the barisan govt. they got nothing to do and why pick only anwar to charge while all the other cases what happen .
    who is saiful and what so great and protected by polices.
    and why this case in such a hurry . All malaysian good people help to pray for anwar and his family

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  2. Sweet Child

    Aiyoh, what happened?

    But he is innocent until proven guilty, right?

    What is happening in Malaysia? Things is getting from bad to worse – and the most affected will be people like you and me….

    Reply
  3. Eric Goh

    ask all the BN go to hell!!!!!!!!!!
    Why charge him????????????
    Nothing to do, better lower the petrol price as price is cheaper than before????
    WE ARE NOT AFRAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    sudah hendak bertanding baru kena charged ,hahahhaha kelakar ….tektik budak menengah pun tahu gunakan…

    Reply
  5. Malaysia 64

    people say; if you cannot fight them, join them. Maybe we should change to; if you cannot fight them, KILL THEM ALL!!!(melalui pilihan raya)

    Reply
  6. Anonymous

    sebab musibat dia tau nak kena dakwalah isteri dia beri laluan utk dia bertanding…supaya org2 yg bodoh lagi banggang menyokong dan terus simpati dgn dia..kauorg ni tak terbuka minta ker mainan org politik ni… dia bukan nak membela rakyat tapi utk kepentingannya khususnya impian menjadi PM.mungkin setelah negara dijajah semula baru nak menyesal?

    INGAT ALLAH SENTIASA DIPIHAK YG BENAR BKN KEPASA YG HANYA UTK KEPENTINGAN DIRI SENDIRI

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