Anwar's supporters have cast the sodomy allegation as an attempt by premier's government to prevent the opposition from gaining ground. "Yes, he was arrested outside his house just before 1 p.m. (0500 GMT)," Ginie Lim, a spokesman for the Anwar's People's Justice Party, told Reuters. "He was not handcuffed but they pushed him into a police car."
Replaying scenes from a decade ago where his rise was snuffed out when he was jailed for sodomy and corruption, the ex-deputy premier is fighting a sodomy complaint as he leads a charge by the opposition to seize power by September. Anwar's arrest is likely to spark more tremors in financial markets, which have groaned under the weight of a protracted political drama that includes allegations of sex and murder against senior politicians.
The stock market was down 0.23 percent to 1,125.03 points by midday. It has fallen about 5 percent since the start of July.Photo by REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA)