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Malaysia clears top cop, lawyer of political plot

 Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim gestures as he speaks in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 8, 2009. Malaysia's oppos...

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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim gestures as he speaks in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 8, 2009. Malaysia's oppos...

Malaysia's government cleared the police chief and attorney general Wednesday of accusations that they conspired against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim ahead of trials that led to his imprisonment a decade ago.
The decision dashes Anwar's bid to bolster his claim that he was framed on charges of corruption and sodomy in a high-level political plot following his ouster as deputy prime minister in 1998.
Anwar's accusation against the two officials, made last July, was also considered an attempt to cast doubt on the credibility of authorities after he faced a new charge of sodomy last year. Anwar is scheduled to go on trial in July on a charge of sodomizing a male former aide.
Nazri Aziz, the minister in charge of legal affairs, said an independent panel of ex-judges found no basis to Anwar's claim that Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan and Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail fabricated medical evidence while Anwar was in police custody in 1998.
At that time, Anwar had been ousted from the Cabinet and was subsequently convicted of corruption and sodomizing his former family driver. He was imprisoned through 2004, when a court overturned the sodomy conviction.
After his release, Anwar stitched together an opposition alliance that won an unprecedented 82 of 222 seats in Parliament in general elections last March.
Anwar claims the latest sodomy charge is meant to stem the opposition's threat to the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is being forced to step down following pressure by government officials.
Abdullah will hand power to his deputy, Najib Razak, on April 3, the Malaysian Insider news Web site reported Wednesday. Abdullah's aides said they could not immediately confirm the report by the site, which is run by political pundits close to Abdullah's administration.
Abdullah is expected to retire in late March or early April, but he has so far not publicly announced a date.


Updated : 2021-03-05 18:58 GMT+08:00