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Anwar defiant at start of Malaysia trial testimony

Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 08:42

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has begun testifying at his sodomy trial, calling the charges against him "vile and desperate."

Anwar maintains that the government fabricated the charge that he sodomized a 26-year-old male former aide in 2008. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Prime Minister Najib Razak and other officials have denied any conspiracy.

Anwar began testifying at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday by insisting that he "never had any sexual relations" with his former aide.
The 64-year-old politician is the defense`s first witness. The court ruled in June that prosecutors had established a credible case against Anwar.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 08:42

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