Malaysian opposition leader Anwar arrested
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who has been accused of sodomising a male aide, has been arrested outside his home, his lawyer said Wednesday.
"The police came and took him away," said lawyer Sankara Nair, who said he witnessed the arrest.
"He had just arrived home when about 10 officers detained him at the gate of his home," he told AFP.
Nair said the police did not specify what the opposition leader was being charged with, but that he would be taken to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.
Anwar's Keadilan party, which leads a three-member opposition alliance, issued an immediate call for his supporters to rally outside the headquarters in the city's downtown.
"Anwar has been detained by police while travelling to his home... All supporters are asked to gather" it said in a SMS text message.
The opposition leader had been about to appear at the police headquarters for an interrogation over sexual assault allegations by Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old who was a volunteer in his office.....CNA