Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Anwar out of Turkish embassy

The Star : Tuesday July 1, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ended his refuge at the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Monday.

His departure came after Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar gave a guarantee on Anwar’s safety.

Anwar, who left the embassy at 6pm, claimed the accusations against him were meant to derail his plans to announce a by-election in which he was going to contest. He said also four Barisan Nasional MPs were also ready to leave the coalition and join him.

“It is to quash my political career. We nearly won (in the last general election) and this week, I was supposed to announce which constituency I will contest in,” he said as he left.

Meanwhile, he has filed a defamation and malicious falsehood suit against his aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who had lodged the police report alleging that he had been sodomised by Anwar.

Police also interviewed Mohd Saiful while a police forensic team was seen at the condominium where the alleged act took place.

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