No politics in police probe in Anwar's sodomy charge: Malay Dep PM

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Singapore, Jul 1 (UNI) The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has assured that there were no politically-motivated intention in police investigation of a sodomy report filed against former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, who is now the de facto opposition leader.

''This is never politically motivated at all and it has never crossed our mind whatsoever,'' he told reporters at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur today.

Anwar, head of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat which is mounting a movement to unseat the current government by gaining support from sitting members of parliament, is being investigated on a sodomy report filed by his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Najib was responding to a statement issued by the United States' State Department spokesman Tom Casey, supporting Anwar.

Casey said the US would oppose any politically motivated investigation or persecution of Anwar, who was jailed on a similar charge 10 years ago. But he was cleared of the sex misconduct charge a few years ago.

Anwar took refuge in the Turkish Embassy over the weekend, expressing fear of persecution on the latest sodomy charge, filed by the aide last Saturday.

Anwar is rising fast to lead the opposition, having won one-third of the parliamentary seats in the 8 March 2008 general elections.

He has claimed to have won a number of MPs from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and plans to claim the right to form the next government.

Anwar is also planning to stand in a by-election, created through a seat to be vacated by his party member in a strong constituency, and lead opposition parties to form a new government, upsetting the ruling of the BN and its main component United Malays National Organisation, led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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