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July 13, 2008

Malaysia police to question Anwar on Monday
Malaysian police will question opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday over allegations of sodomy by his former aide, AFP quoted a senior party official as saying.

Anwar has vowed to fight the accusations levelled by 23-year-old Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, which he says have been fabricated by the government to prevent him from seizing power after landmark March elections.

Mohamad Saiful has been under police protection since accusing Anwar of sodomising him -- the same charge that saw the opposition leader jailed a decade ago.

"Anwar has been issued with a summons by the police to be question at 0600GMT on Monday," Tian Chua, information chief of the opposition Keadilan party, told AFP.

The sodomy claim threatens to derail a stunning political comeback by Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 and jailed on sodomy and corruption allegations that he said were politically motivated.

Anwar has said he is poised to seize power from Premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with the help of government defectors, after his opposition alliance claimed one third of parliamentary seats and five states in March elections.

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