Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Anwar
Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a sodomy accusation by a male former aide, his lawyer said.
Counsel Sankara Nair said police told him Anwar was formally "a suspect" in the case and faxed him a letter asking the politician to appear at a police station for questioning before Wednesday at 2 p.m.
"An arrest warrant on your client has been issued," said the letter, signed by investigating officer Jude Pereira. Nair distributed copies of the letter at a news conference held in Anwar's house. Anwar himself did not attend.
The sodomy accusation, made last month by a male aide, injected an unexpected twist to Malaysia's politics, which was already in turmoil.