Anwar Freed in Tense Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody this morning in an increasingly volatile Kuala Lumpur without being charged over allegations he had sodomized a 23-year-old male volunteer in his office. Tension has been rising, with hundreds of people on the street last night in the city’s “golden triangle” Chinese area of the downtown, and at least seven truckloads of Field Reserve Unit troops on the streets near the police headquarters where Anwar had been taken by officials at 1 pm Wednesday.

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