Mahathir Could Get More Than He Bargained For

At November's APEC summit, he'll come under heavy pressure

The scene in the cramped, tropical courtroom on Oct. 5 in Kuala Lumpur was as farcical as it was cruel. Judge Augustine Paul, waving his long bony fingers as he spoke, denied bail to cashiered Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. The defendant wore a neck brace and bore bruises from what he says was a police beating in jail, where he awaits trial on charges of sodomy and abuse of power. One of his lawyers complains: "Right now, he's in limbo."

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