Malaysian court charges opposition leader Anwar over street protest
A Malaysian court has charged opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and two of his allies with breaking various laws during a massive street rally to demand electoral fairness last month.
(CNN) KUALA LUMPUR - The charges create uncertainty about the part Anwar will be able to play in elections expected to be called later this year, just months after a court found him not guilty of sodomizing a former male political aide.
The April 28 protest, organized by a loose coalition of opposition groups known as Bersih, spilled into Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, prompting the police to move in and arrest hundreds of demonstrators. The police had obtained a court order forbidding protesters from entering the square.