`Malaysia`s Anwar wants court to quash sex charge’
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Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2009, 19:36
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday asked a court to drop sodomy charges levelled by a former aide as medical evidence showed no signs he had sex with the man, his lawyer said.

Anwar, 62, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if he is convicted of sexual relations with 24-year-old Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who was an aide in his office.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya said the High Court was told that two medical reports on Saiful showed there was no penetration, a key element to prove the sodomy charge.

"Based on two medical reports tendered in court, one by government and one by a private hospital, there is no physical evidence to say there was penetration," the lawyer told a news agency.

The High Court fixed December 1 to deliver its decision on Anwar's application to strike out the charge, she said.

Anwar has insisted that the latest charges against him are another conspiracy to destroy his political career.

He was sacked as deputy prime minister and jailed a decade ago on separate sodomy and corruption charges, but that sex charge was overturned later.

He spent six years in jail but after being freed reinvigorated the opposition and rallied it to its best ever results in national elections last year, when it won a third of parliamentary seats.


First Published: Monday, November 23, 2009, 19:36

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