Sun 20 Sep 98 - 17:37 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (AFP) - Anwar
Ibrahim's wife said Monday the deposed Malaysian deputy premier
had been arrested like "a hero" but expressed concern about his supporters' reaction.
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail went with
her husband to the main Kuala Lumpur police headquarters after his detention
Sunday. She said later that she and Anwar's lawyers were refused access to him.
Back at the family home, Wan Azizah
told thousands of supporters waiting outside: "I'm glad my husband was
arrested as a hero."
She told how she and her family
were taken with Anwar by police in a van but they were split up. Wan Azizah
several lawyers followed in another vehicle to the federal police headquarters but were not allowed to meet him there.
Wan Azizah later expressed concern to reporters about the possible reaction of Anwar supporters.
"I am very concerned because there
is a lot of anger for the years where the law was manipulated and abused
those in power, so I have to calm them down.
"The masses are highly charged. I told them now we have to channel it into something productive."
Anwar, 51, was detained after days
of mounting political tension as he stepped up calls for Mahathir to step
Police are investigating allegations ranging from treason to sexual misconduct.
He has denied the accusations but
the raid followed a mass rally by around 40,000 supporters in central Kuala
Lumpur and clashes outside the prime minister's residence.
"We were having the press conference
and suddenly there were police officers," she told reporters about the
dozens of officers who broke down the door of the family home.
"I was scared of course for my
husband and others too. They had machine guns. I wish they had told us.
already given an assurance that Anwar would go peacefully."
Anwar's wife also had a message
for British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook who is accompanying Queen Elizabeth
on a state visit.
"Mr foreign secretary, I believe
you know and care for justice, and I hope you will have a word with her
have some influence since you are part of the Commonwealth.
"I think the queen is head of the
Commonwealth. We in the Commonwealth should have justice, freedom of speech
and personal dignity and basic rights which now have been denied."