The Captain of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is being investigated for his support of a political leader who was jailed for homosexuality hours before the plane went missing.
Barbara Walters reported on the View today that Zaharie Ahmad Shah, captain of the missing flight, is being investigated for his support of a politician who was imprisoned on a homosexuality charge, only hours before the ill-fated flight.
Zaharie Shah is said to be an ardent supporter of Anwar Ibrahim, a former Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition which controls three state governments within Malaysia. The Barisan Nasional party controls the national government. Supporters of Ibrahim believe he has been the victim of political dirty tricks by his political rivals of the Barisan Nasional.
In 1998, a book entitled 50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot Become Prime Minister was circulated among the members of the General Assembly accusing Anwar Ibrahim of corruption. Worse, the book contained graphic illustrations of his homosexuality, which is illegal in Malaysia. When the police announced they were following up on the charges in the book, Ibrahim was fired from his cabinet post.
The day after Ibrahim was fired, his speech writer and brother were arrested and charged with homosexual acts. Five days later, they were sentenced to six months each, after they pleaded guilty to “unnatural sex” with Anwar Ibrahim. Based on their plea, which they later appealed saying it was coerced, Anwar Ibrahim was tried, convicted of homosexuality, and given a nine-year sentence.
In 2004, Ibrahim’s conviction was overturned and he was released from jail. But in 2008, in a move many believe was politically motivated, he was again accused of homosexuality. Captain Shah was among those who believed Anwar Ibrahim was being railroaded, and friends said he even expressed an interest in attending the trial.
Ibrahim was tried in 2010, and acquitted. But there is no “double jeopardy” in Malaysia and in 2012, the acquittal was overturned. Ibrahim was returned to prison just hours before Flight MH370 took off.
Although they are investigating Captian Zaharie Ahmad Shah on the theory he hijacked the plane in protest, so far no smoking guns have been found. The pilot’s support of Anwar Ibrahim is only one theory they are exploring.
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