Malaysia Anwar loses last appeal against sodomy charge

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday lost his final bid to strike out sodomy charges against him.

Malaysia Anwar loses last appeal against sodomy charge

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday lost his final bid to strike out sodomy charges against him, as a court rejected an appeal and paved the way for his trial to resume next week.

Anwar's lawyers argued before the Federal Court that the charge was a political conspiracy against him and that a medical examination on his accuser found no conclusive physical signs of sodomy.

The appeal was dismissed by the three-man panel of judges who ruled that the medical examination report needed to be analysed along with DNA test results of swabs taken from Anwar's accuser that have yet to be released.

The trial started in February and has already seen Anwar's 25-year-old male former aide say in court that the veteran politician sodomised him in 2008.

The trial will resume on May 10 with the defence cross-examining Anwar's accuser. A conviction carries a maximum 20-year jail term that would effectively end the career of the 63-year old politician.

Anwar was first tried and convicted of corruption and sodomy after his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998.

His sodomy conviction was overturned in 2004, freeing him from a six-year prison sentence to lead a three-party opposition alliance that staged its biggest electoral success in 2008.


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