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Friday, Sept 11
Malaysian police told to decide whether Anwar meetings illegal

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (AFP) - Malaysia's Deputy Home Minister Tajol Rosli Ghazali said Friday it was up to police to decide whether nightly meetings at the home of ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim were illegal.

''Let the police make the statements or take the necessary action for if a politician makes comments it will be politicised and we do not wish to worsen the present situation,'' he was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.

Tajol Rosli also said that Anwar, who was dismissed last week, would have to apply for a permit if he wanted to hold gatherings.

''Under the law, a gathering of more than four people, except within a hall, needs a police permit and I believe Anwar knows more about this matter,'' the deputy home minister reportedly said.

Malaysian police said Thursday they had received complaints from Anwar's neighbours over the speeches he is giving every night outside his house, attracting thousands of people ranging from supporters to curious onlookers.

Police also said the investigation into Anwar's alleged sexual misconduct was in its final stages, and the documents would be handed to the deputy public prosecutor to decide whether he should be charged.

Anwar has been accused of sexual impropriety, jeopardising national security, bribery, interfering with police investigations, tampering with evidence, abuse of power and sedition. He says the allegations are all part of a high-level conspiracy designed to destroy his political career.