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Malaysian court orders Anwar to enter defense in sodomy case

Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:29

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.


First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:29
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