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Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 09:03 GMT 10:03 UK


Special report: Trying times for Malaysia



When Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sacked his deputy and rival, Anwar Ibrahim, in September, he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil. Mr Anwar's subsequent trial on sex and corrruption charges has kept tensions high. Now that he has been sentenced to six years in prison, Mr Anwar has been removed from the political scene, but observers say he will remain a potent symbol for political reform.

Anwar in the dock


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Taking stock of the trial
The trial of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been a source of embarrassment to many Malaysians, even a subject for jokes. But, writes Frances Harrison, it has also had a political impact.

Timeline: A crisis unfolds
Detailed chronology of the political crisis and trial, with links to original stories.

The case against Anwar
Anwar Ibrahim's arrest and trial mark a spectacular fall from grace for the former deputy prime minister, writes BBC News Online's Joe Havely.

The re-written charges
The four amended charges as delivered by the prosecution on 13 January 1999.

Anwar trial puts media in spotlight
South East Asia Correspondent Simon Ingram on how the media has been affected by the "extraordinary political drama".

Opposition emboldened by Anwar saga
Malaysia's opposition is displaying a growing boldness and unity of purpose, writes East Asia analyst, Alice Donald.


Profiles


Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia's strongman
Melina Nathan on the life and times of the man who has ruled Malaysia for 17 years.

Anwar Ibrahim: Fallen heir
Angie Knox on the man who was seen as the likely successor to Dr Mahathir.


In depth

Malaysia's sex, lies and videotape
South East Asia Correspondent, Simon Ingram, reports on the difficulty of separating fact from fiction in the current crisis.

Uncharted political waters
A new and crucial element in the latest street protests is that the crowds include Malaysians of all races and classes, writes Alice Donald.

Malaysia's Net patrol
Internet Correspondent Chris Nuttall reports on the proliferation of internet sites in support of Anwar Ibrahim's reform campaign - and the efforts of the Malaysian authorities to control them.

Economic future uncertain
The sacking of Anwar Ibrahim as finance minister set Malaysia on a new and untested course, writes Economics Correspondent James Morgan.





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A crisis unfolds: Timeline