Malaysian Opposition Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Sodomy

Rips charge as 'treacherous' tactic to undermine political comeback
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2008 6:07 AM CDT
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.   (Lai Seng Sin)
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(Newser) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he sodomized a male aide, dismissing it as a "treacherous" accusation aimed at undermining democracy, AP reports. Anwar, 60, was charged under massive police security, underscoring the controversy surrounding the case, and was freed on bail to campaign for a key election to Parliament. Anwar served time on a similar charge 10 years ago. Consensual sex between men is a crime in Malaysia