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Malaysian Opposition's Anwar Charged over Protest

22 May 2012

Prosecutors charged Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and two of his allies on Tuesday with breaking various laws during a massive street rally to demand electoral fairness. The charges could distract Anwar from preparing for national elections expected to be held by September. The three men were charged with defying a court ban against assembling at a public square in Kuala Lumpur last month and inciting other demonstrators to breach a police barricade. They pleaded innocent and face a maximum jail sentence of six months and fines totaling 12,000 ringgit ($3,800) if convicted.—AP

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