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'I have proof to prove my innocence'

Terming fresh sodomy charges against Anwar, Malaysia's embattled opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he had "ample proof" to prove his innocence.

world Updated: Jul 01, 2008 22:50 IST

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Terming fresh sodomy charges against him as "frivolous and nonsensical", Malaysia's embattled opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday said he had "ample proof" to prove his innocence.

Anwar, adviser to the People's Justice Party led by his wife Wan Aziza, told reporters that sodomy charge by his aide Mohd Saiful Bukharu Azlan against him should be dropped as it was "frivolous and nonsensical."

Anwar said he had "ample proof" to prove his innocence in the case.

He, however, declined to elaborate, saying he had been advised by his lawyers to refrain from making any statement relating to the case.

Referring to similar charges slapped on him a decade ago, he claimed that the police had taken his diary that time and never returned it.

"We struggled to think of what happened years ago. This time, events are still fresh in my memory. There is the diary and witnesses.

"No way am I going to give them an easy route this time. I will fight them hard and effectively, because it is the second round of dirty conspiracy," Anwar said.

To another question, Anwar said he believed the sodomy accusation was re-used 10 years later because "they think this is the best to cause anxiety and disgust among Muslims."

Earlier in the day, Anwar filed a complaint against the national police chief and Attorney General for allegedly fabricating evidence against him in a sodomy case a decade ago.