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Witness Says Police Forced Anwar Charges

The Advocate, February 9, 2000

The adopted brother of Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy premier of Malaysia, said Tuesday that police pressured him into confessing that he had had sex with Anwar, Agence France-Presse reports. Anwar is standing trial for sodomy charges, which he insists were trumped up to embarrass him politically. At the trial Tuesday, Sukma Darmawan, who is on trial with Anwar for sodomizing Anwar’s chauffeur, said he followed police instructions in implicating Anwar in a sexual relationship. "I followed what was required by police," Sukma said. "I gave the statement as the police promised me that I would be freed the following day."

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