Malaysia's Anwar charged with sodomy
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has pleaded innocent to a sodomy charge, dismissing it as a "treacherous" accusation, as he was freed on bail to campaign for Parliament.
Anwar was charged in court and called it a "malicious accusation." The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they would prosecute Anwar for allegedly sodomizing a male aide, complicating his bid to return to Parliament in a by-election less than three weeks away.
Anwar accused Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of orchestrating the prosecution to destroy his political comeback, adding that he would hold Abdullah "personally responsible" for political turmoil that could result from a trial.