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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar's sodomy acquittal overturned

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had his acquittal for sodomy overturned Friday, in a fresh threat to the remarkable career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. A Court of Appeals panel upheld a government bid challenging the 2012 ruling which acquitted him on charges he sodomised a male former aide, saying a lower court had misjudged evidence. Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years in jail, but freed pending appeal.

Malaysian court finds Anwar guilty of sodomy

Malaysia's Court of Appeal found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty Friday of sodomizing his former male aide, overturning his earlier acquittal by a lower court. The ruling puts Anwar's political future on the line as he is expected to run in a by-election next Tuesday. Anwar, 66, was found not guilty by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Jan. 9, 2012 of committing sodomy in 2008 with Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who was then 24 years old. ==Kyodo

Malaysian court overturns Anwar's sodomy acquittal

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's 2012 acquittal for sodomy was overturned Friday, in a new threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the government's bid to overturn Anwar's acquittal on charges he sodomised a male former aide. ste/dma/erf

Malaysia opposition's Anwar convicted of sodomy

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy on Friday, upholding the government's appeal of his acquittal two years earlier in a ruling that his supporters said was politically influenced and aimed at ending his career. The court of appeal ruled that Anwar had anal intercourse with his male aide in 2008, a crime in the Muslim majority country, dismissing his defense team's argument that DNA evidence had been contaminated.

Malaysia's Anwar faces sodomy ruling as rights groups question court motive

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian prosecutors began their appeal on Thursday against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomy, a case that international human rights groups have condemned as politically motivated. A verdict by the Court of Appeal could come in days or weeks, legal experts say, just as Anwar bids to win a local election this month that many expect to pave the way for him to run Selangor, Malaysia's richest and most populous state.

Malaysia's Anwar back in court over sodomy acquittal

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim returned to court Thursday for a government appeal against his sodomy acquittal, putting at risk his bid to contest an important state by-election. The 66-year-old veteran politician, who was cleared in 2012 of having sex with a young male former aide, slammed the appeal, saying it was a political ploy to tarnish his image in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Malaysia's Anwar back in court on sodomy case

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was back in court Thursday over a government appeal against his sodomy acquittal, as he prepared to contest a key state by-election. The 66-year-old veteran politician, who was acquitted in 2012, slammed the appeal, saying it was a political ploy to tarnish his image in the conservative Muslim-majority nation. "There is absolutely no case for them. This is clearly seen to be political," Anwar said as he entered the Court of Appeal with his family for the hearing in the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

Malaysia's Anwar forgives Japanese for visa slight, seeks engagement

Visiting Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said here Friday he has no hard feelings about being denied entry to Japan last month, and called on Tokyo to increase its dealings with his country's political opposition. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, the former deputy prime minister joked that the Jan. 19 incident at Narita International Airport was "an attempt by the (Japanese) Foreign Ministry and immigration to give me additional publicity."

Influential chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak state to step down

The influential chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak announced Wednesday he will step down on Feb. 28, ending 33 years of rule that cemented the resource-rich state on Borneo island as a bastion of the ruling National Front coalition Abdul Taib Mahmud, 77, who has led Malaysia's largest state since 1981, named his former brother-in-law Adenan Satem, 70, the state's "special functions minister," as his successor.

Influential chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak state to step down

The influential chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak announced Wednesday he will step down on Feb. 28, ending 33 years of rule that cemented the resource-rich state on Borneo island as a bastion of the ruling National Front coalition Abdul Taib Mahmud, 77, who has led Malaysia's largest state since 1981, named his former brother-in-law Adenan Satem, 70, the state's "special functions minister," as his successor.
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