Malaysian court orders Anwar to enter defense in sodomy case
A Malaysian judge Monday ruled that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has a case to answer on a sodomy charge.
Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian judge Monday ruled that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has a case to answer on a sodomy charge, setting the stage for a lengthy trial that could give Prime Minister Najib Razak`s government a boost ahead of a possible snap general election this year.
The case could damage Anwar`s political career in a mainly Muslim country where extra-marital sex and homosexual relations are frowned upon.
"I find a prima facie case has been made out against the accused, therefore I call upon the accused to enter his defense," Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah told the court.