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Malaysia leader Anwar Ibrahim faces charges over rally

Mr Anwar could be banned from running for public office if convicted

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is facing criminal charges for his role in a mass street rally against the government, his lawyers say.

The charges of violating a ban on street protests comes amid rising political tensions with elections expected to be called soon.

If convicted, he could be banned from running for office.

Mr Anwar addressed thousands of people who attended a rally held on 28 April to call for electoral reforms.

Protesters marched in the capital, in one of the largest rallies in the country in the past decade, calling for changes to the electoral system.

They believe the current arrangements will benefit Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition in forthcoming elections.

The protests turned violent, however, with hundreds arrested as police used tear gas and clubs to break up the rally.

‘Fresh attempt’

Mr Anwar will be facing two charges – including contravening the country’s illegal assemblies act – in a Kuala Lumpur court on Tuesday, his lawyers said.

“This is a fresh attempt to bar Anwar from participating in the elections,” his lawyer, Sivarasa Rasiah, told news agency Agence-France Presse.

“The sodomy allegations failed, and now this is a new attempt to disqualify him.”

Mr Anwar may be fined and his lawyers say that he could lose his parliamentary seat and face restrictions on running again if convicted.

Opinion:

Politicians only ban protest rallies if they fear the opposition and the people.

 

 

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