Malaysian Opposition Politician Charged With Sedition
A Malaysian politician has been charged with sedition for accusing the government of helping plot the sodomy conviction against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
N. Surendran, who is one of Anwar's lawyers, is the latest opposition politician to be charged under the Sedition Act, which rights groups say is oppressive.
Surendran said in an April that Prime Minister Najib Razak had conspired to help jail Anwar, who was convicted a month earlier of sodomizing a young male aide.
Anwar, who is Mr. Najib's chief rival, says the sodomy charges were made up by the government, which has been in power for the last 57 years.
The ex-deputy prime minister, who is free on appeal, says his lawyer has the right to speak about the government's alleged involvement in his case.
Human Rights Watch slammed the sedition charge. In a statement, the group said the move is "another blatant example of a draconian law being used to violate freedom of expression and silence critics."
It said Prime Minister Najib's 2012 pledge to scrap the law now has been exposed as "hollow rhetoric designed to deceive both Malaysians and the international community."
Protesters, Police Clash in Ferguson, Missouri Following Black Teen's Death
Protesters and police engaged in fresh overnight clashes in the central U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, amid tensions linked to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
Police in riot gear fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters who gathered on the streets of Ferguson, which had descended into chaos following peaceful protests. "Molotov cocktails" and bottles were thrown in the direction of heavily armored police.
A police official, Captain Ron Johnson, told reporters early Tuesday that police came under heavy attack but did not fire a shot. He said two people were wounded by shots fired from within the crowd of protesters. Many protesters seemed to be defying orders from police to disperse, and Johnson said 31 people were arrested.
He noted that most of the protesters were peaceful, but that a small minority of people turned the demonstrations violent. He said officials will not let "criminals" define the community of Ferguson.
National Guard troops could be seen on the fringes of the gathering. Those troops arrived in Ferguson earlier Monday at the request of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to bolster police forces following days of violent protests.
The standoff occurred near the street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a local police officer on August 9.