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Anwar wants PM’s guarantee to leave embassy

In Anwar Ibrahim on June 30, 2008 at 1:54 am

malaysianinsider – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will only leave the safety of the Turkish Embassy in Malaysia if he receives a guarantee of personal safety from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“I am here because I fear for my safety, and I will leave only if (Prime Minister) Abdullah and the government can give me assurances and guarantees over my safety,” he told the Straits Times in an interview.

He said he has been told of attempts to not just destroy his political career but also to assassinate him.

Anwar’s decision to seek refuge yesterday at the Turkish embassy came after a police report accusing him of sodomy was lodged a day earlier by an aide.

He said the allegations of sodomy against him smacked of a replay of Malaysia’s political crisis a decade ago, and again involving a conspiracy at the highest levels of government.

The decision by Anwar to seek refuge at an embassy has been described by a Southeast Asian diplomat as a “shrewd tactical move”.

He has internationalised his political predicament, and that could limit the government’s response against his political campaign, analysts say.

Since being released from prison, he has forged a close relationship with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, who heads a mildly Islamic party that rules the country.

Anwar said conditions within the embassy walls were “good”. And from here, analysts say, he can continue to lead the campaign against Abdullah’s government. … selanjutnya.

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