Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has left the Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur, where he sought refuge Sunday following sodomy accusations. Anwar has dismissed the charges as a "complete fabrication".
Anwar left the embassy via the ambassador's residence. Earlier, the former deputy premier told Reuters in a telephone interview that he had not sought political asylum, but went to the embassy on "humanitarian grounds".
Anwar said the allegation that he committed sodomy with a young aide was probably a ploy to distract public attention from rising food and fuel prices and other scandals afflicting Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's government.
Date created : 2008-06-30