11pm (Bkk time): The last I heard of him was that he had left the KL Hospital where they wanted his blood sample. But I am uncertain whether he allowed them to take it as his lawyers had advised him not to do so, as his arrest was not according to procedure? I heard he had been brought back to the police station in KL, where he will stay in remand. Not sure how many days. Around 700 people were still protesting his arrest.
Why was he arrested? – “He was arrested as we had reason to believe he was not going to show up. We wish to point out that Anwar had initially agreed to meet us on Monday but failed to keep his appointment.” Federal CID director Bakri Zinin (STAR online).
6.00pm (Msian time) – Crowd swells to 500++, police gives warning, but yet to take action.
Update 3pm (Bkk time): According to media reports and sms-es, Anwar Ibrahim’s supporters are already gathering outside the police station to protest his arrest. Many, many local and foreign journalists are present, too. Really de ja vu – gostan 1998.
By the way, if the police had arrested Mahathir Mohammad in the same manner, I would also have made a big noise.
Anwar Ibrahim was arrested on his way home after being questioned by the ACA on his report on the IGP and AG, and before he could even go for questioning at the Kuala Lumpur police station. Real foul play. A press statement from his office says:
As he entered the neighborhood of his home, a contingent of ten police cars, half unmarked and half patrol, forced the two cars in Anwar Ibrahim’s entourage to stop. There was a contingent of 20 balaklava-clad masked commandos (UTK) who accosted him, reminiscent of the forces sent to arrest Anwar Ibrahim at his home in September 1998.
An officer approached Anwar Ibrahim and demanded that he accompany the police in an unmarked vehicle to the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters. His lawyers were not permitted to travel with him to the police station.
His wife was informed about the arrest:
“I’m apprehensive because my husband – it’s been 10 years down the road. He is not well, he has a bad back for which he has (undergone) surgery,” said (Anwar Ibtahim’s wife) Wan Azizah Wan Ismmail, who appeared visibly distraughted and numbed by the news. She was in Parliament. “From the brief conversation, he said that they (the police) were not gentle.”
It is learnt that Anwar is to be charged under Section 377C of the Penal Code which relates to ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. (Malaysiakini).
Read more of his arrest here:
Malaysia’s Anwar arrested over sex charges
Irish Times – Dublin,Ireland
Lawyer says Malaysia’s Anwar has been arrested on
International Herald Tribune – France
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar arrested: lawyer
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Malaysia’s Anwar faces arrest
Aljazeera.net – Qatar
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrested
Radio Australia – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim arrested
BBC News – UK
Anwar Is Arrested in Malaysia After Sodomy Accusation (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
Police Arrest Malaysian Opposition Leader
Wall Street Journal – USA