Malaysia's police chief sues Anwar for defamation

The police have freed Anwar on bail and have not pressed sodomy charges against him.

Malaysia's police chief sues Anwar for defamation
Malaysia's police chief is suing opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim for defamation over allegations the chief concocted evidence against Anwar in an assault case, the policeman's lawyer said on Monday.

Anwar had said police chief Musa Hassan fabricated evidence against him when he caused a doctor to produce a report stating that Anwar's injuries, sustained while in police custody in 1998, could have been self-inflicted or accidental when the policeman knew he had been beaten up, Musa's lawyer said.

"These words that he uttered are untrue and false and defamatory of Musa," Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin said, adding that the police chief has asked for an unspecified amount of damages.

Anwar, a former deputy premier, sustained injuries while in police custody a decade ago when he was sacked and arrested for sodomy and corruption.

His old injuries are back in the spotlight as the de facto opposition leader fights fresh allegations that he sodomised a former aide. Anwar says he is the victim of a high-level conspiracy to quash the opposition's rise.

The police have freed Anwar on bail and have not pressed sodomy charges against him.

Sodomy is punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Malaysia.

Reuters
Last Mod: 21 Temmuz 2008, 11:03
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