Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysian opposition leader loses final appeal to sodomy conviction, sentenced to five years’ jail

Malaysian Flag - BannerFebruary 10, 2015 – Reported by ABC News (Australia) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy.

Malaysia’s Federal Court in Kuala Lumpur upheld the charge and sentence against Anwar over the accusations which date back to 2008.

Last year, the Court of Appeal found the 67-year-old guilty of sodomising a former political aide Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

He has denied the charge and claimed it was politically motivated.

Anwar told the ABC’s PM program he was “disgusted” with the Malaysian judiciary.

“They had the opportunity to redeem themselves and correct their injustices but instead they choose to go to the dictates of their political masters, their partners in crime for the murder of the judicial institution and integrity,” he said.

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“They have sold their souls to the devil and are bartering their conscience for material gain and comfort.

“So I am braced for the realities, but I’m not deterred – I will continue my struggle for democracy, freedom and justice.”…story continues below…

via Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysian opposition leader loses final appeal to sodomy conviction, sentenced to five years’ jail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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