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Malaysian opposition's Anwar charged over protest
Malaysia charges opposition leader Anwar, 2 allies over protest for electoral transparency
By The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ' Prosecutors have charged Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and two of his allies with breaking various laws during a recent street rally to demand electoral fairness.

The charges could distract Anwar from preparing for national elections that many speculate will be held by September.

The three men were charged in a Kuala Lumpur court on Tuesday with defying a court ban against assembling at a public square last month and inciting other demonstrators to breach a police barricade.

They face a maximum jail sentence of six months and fines totaling 12,000 ringgit ($3,800) if convicted. The court scheduled a preliminary hearing on July 2 to determine further trial dates.

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