10 years ago, after being convicted with a sodomy and corruption charge (which no one believed), then- Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim had to spent the next six years in prison.
After a stunning return to politics in March, now- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was poised to re-enter Parliament and challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's United Malays National Organization (UMNO) for leadership of the country.
Just then; there’s another sodomy accusation against him.
Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the sodomy accusation is just part of a political conspiracy to keep him from running for Parliament. I believe him. I, like most people, never believed the allegations the first time, and I sure as hell do not believe them now. Funny thing is that even people who gave the Malaysian government the benefit of the doubt the first time don’t believe them now. The accusation came just as Anwar was poised to re-enter Parliament in a by-election. Most people think it will be stupid for him to make such a mistake again. And say what you want about Anwar Ibrahim, no one has ever accused him of being stupid.
In fact, analysts say that the allegations could help Anwar. Like they say; fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.