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`Malaysia`s Anwar wants court to quash sex charge’

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

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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