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Malaysia's Anwar convicted of sodomy, political future in doubt

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison on Friday, shattering his plan to take control of the country's richest state and stoking political tension in the Southeast Asian nation following a divisive national election last year.

Malaysia's Anwar decries sodomy ruling as 'travesty'

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal on sodomy charges was overturned Friday, in a fresh threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. A Court of Appeals panel sided with a government challenge to Anwar's 2012 acquittal 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 opposition leader Anwar convicted of sodomy

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was convicted of sodomy Friday in a fresh threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. Saying a lower court misjudged evidence, a Court of Appeals panel ruled in favour of the government's bid to overturn Anwar's 2012 acquittal, on charges he sodomised a male former aide. If the decision holds, Anwar would be disqualified from parliament, effectively ending his remarkable career. His lawyers say they will appeal to the Federal Court, Malaysia's highest.

Malaysian court sentences Anwar to five year in jail for sodomy

Malaysia's Court of Appeal sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Friday to five years in jail for sodomizing his former male aide, overturning his earlier acquittal by a lower court. The ruling put Anwar's political future on the line as he may have to relinquish all his political positions, including as a member of Parliament if he fails in his appeal to the Federal Court, the country's highest court. Anwar's hope of running in a by-election for a state legislative seat slated this month is also dashed.

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.
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