Tuesday, July 15, 2008


from asiaone:

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MALAYSIAN opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim agreed on Tuesday to meet police on a sodomy complaint against him, hoping to avoid a potentially embarassing arrest that could further raise political tensions.

Datuk Seri Anwar will meet police on Wednesday on allegations brought against him by a former aide, his lawyer said, hoping to calm a row that has raised political temperatures and distressed foreign investors.

'We are not worried. Absolutely not,' Mr Sankara Nair told reporters. 'My client is ready to face whatever the police will do and he is going to defend himself in court.'

Mr Anwar, who is leading an effort by the opposition to seize power by September, had challenged police to serve an order on him after he failed to turn up to give his statement on Monday.

The former deputy premier was angered police attempted to serve an order on him after he had agreed to go voluntarily, Mr Nair said, but added his client still faced arrest.

But Mr Nair said Mr Anwar could still be arrested.

'I would say that I won't discount the possibility (of Anwar's arrest) if they have a case,' he said.

Mr Anwar has called for a news conference for 3pm, but further details were not immediately available.

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