Malaysian Pro-Democracy Leader’s Release Will Revive Old Rivalry


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—When it finally came, Anwar Ibrahim’s release from detention Wednesday was almost as dramatic as the pivotal democracy leader’s first arrest more than 22 years ago—ordered by the man who is again leading Malaysia, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Swarmed by news-camera teams at the hospital where he had been serving a sentence on what he says were trumped-up sodomy charges, Mr. Anwar was hustled into a black SUV by prison guards in camouflage fatigues and red berets for a trip to the national palace…




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