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Malaysia - Opp leader Anwar detained at airport

world Updated: Dec 11, 2007 08:51 IST

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was detained by immigration officials at the country's main airport on Tuesday before being cleared for entry, his lawyer said, amid complaints the government was harassing opposition politicians.

The former deputy prime minister had returned to the Malaysian capital from Istanbul via Singapore when he was stopped by the authorities, William Leong said.

"No grounds were given," Leong told Reuters. "There appears to have been some note which put the official on alert to stop him from coming in and to detain him until he obtained approval from the superior."

Leong said immigration officials later gave Anwar clearance to enter, adding he would be allowed to leave soon.

In the Malaysian capital on Tuesday, dozens of policemen blocked the main entrance to the parliament building to foil an opposition-led rally demanding free and fair elections.

Riot police, armed with batons and shields and backed by a water cannon, took positions close to the parliament while vehicles passing through were checked.