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Police to Allow Pro-Anwar Rally During Malaysia Sodomy Verdict

January 08, 2012

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian police gave supporters of Anwar Ibrahim permission to rally near Kuala Lumpur’s High Court on Jan. 9 as it delivers a verdict in the opposition leader’s sodomy trial.

The organizers must ensure any gathering is held peacefully without disrupting public order and safety, the city’s Police Chief Mohmad Salleh said in a statement released via Facebook.

Anwar faces as many as 20 years in prison if found guilty of sodomizing a former aide. A conviction may deprive the Southeast Asian nation’s diverse opposition coalition of a unifying figure ahead of general elections that must be called by June 2013.

Police gave the go-ahead for the rally to be held in a car park outside the court after Mohmad today met Azmin Ali, deputy president of Anwar’s People’s Justice Party, according to the statement. Azmin earlier called for 100,000 supporters to peacefully gather at the court, the New Straits Times reported yesterday.

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--Editors: Barry Porter, Patrick Harrington

To contact the reporter on this story: Manirajan Ramasamy in Kuala Lumpur at rmanirajan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg in Hong Kong at phirschberg@bloomberg.net.


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