Anwar charged with sodomy

From Times Wire Reports

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged today with sodomizing his male aide.

Anwar pleaded innocent in Kuala Lumpur to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Anwar has claimed the allegation was concocted by the government to destroy his political career and prevent him from returning to Parliament in a by-election later this month. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has rejected Anwar’s claim.

Riot police backed by trucks mounted with water cannons surrounded the courthouse.