May 22nd, 2012
03:16 AM ET

Malaysian court charges opposition leader Anwar over street protest

A Malaysian court on Tuesday charged opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in relation to his role in a street protest last month calling for electoral reform at which the police fired tear gas at demonstrators.

The charges create uncertainty about the part Anwar will be able to play in elections expected to be called later this year, just months after a court found him not guilty of sodomizing a former male political aide.

The April 28 protest, organized by a loose coalition of opposition groups known as Bersih, spilled into Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, prompting the police to move in and arrest hundreds of demonstrators. The police had obtained a court order forbidding protesters from entering the square.

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  1. Pete

    Malaysia is also the country just recently 5/18/2012 of finding Bush,Cheney,Rumfield and 8 others guilty of torture,war crimes associated with the Iraq war.They have joined as well as 147 other countries combined that have signed indictments against this groups creation of the Iraq war and its subsequent crimes associated with this unfavourable event in CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE OF 1984,Article 6 of the Nuremberg Charters.Bush,Cheney and others indicted have been warned by legal counsels that venturing outside of U.S. confines will result in their eventual arrests,even with their diplomatic immunity still in place .Their crimes against humanity will be chiseled in their headstones eventually for all humanity to see,a historic low for such a once respected country.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Well said @ Pete

    The respect and dignity this nation had earned after proving its mettle and the valor of its people in WW1 & 2 and with the spirit of pioneering, liberty & justice for all started getting dented with Vietnam war. Then during the Reagan years we saw the clear shift in our foreign policy that aligned us irrevocably and to our detriment with one country in the middle east. And that laid the ground for our geo-political set backs continuing today with blunders like Iraq invasion and Afghan misadventure.
    The Bush-Cheney years got us the disdain and ridicule that spelled loss in American prestige, credibility & clout.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Oversimplified maybe but I deliberately avoided the more complicated issues of Corporate greed, unbridled run of capitalism and changing dynamics in the world beyond our borders.
    We are still not getting it. The policy makers continue plodding the same path like zombies.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |