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Friday, Sept 11
Malaysian police seize Anwar tapes, leaflets

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (AFP) - Malaysian police have seized tapes and leaflets distributed by supporters of ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, Bernama news agency reported Thursday.

The report, quoting Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohamad Ali, said the cassettes contained speeches made by Anwar, who has been holed up in his house for a week meeting supporters and sympathisers.

Further details were not immediately available.

In an attempt to circumvent the muzzled local media, Anwar's supporters have launched an Internet site and have also been distributing audio and video cassettes of his speeches following his dismissal last week amid accusations he was guilty of charges including sexual impropriety and treason.

A local newspaper reported over the weekend that the tapes had been ''selling like hotcakes'' at mosques and Moslem prayer rooms in Penang, the ousted finance minister's home state in northern Malaysia.

The ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) has ordered mosques and prayer rooms to ignore Anwar, who was also kicked out of the party for what Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called ''moral'' reasons.

Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Rahim Noor was meanwhile quoted as saying Thursday that the investigation into Anwar's alleged sexual misconduct was in its final stages.

''Many reports have been lodged pertaining to the case. Some reports on the investigations are nearing completion while others are in various stages of investigations. It depends on how fast we can gather evidence and interview witnesses,'' he said. -- AFP