Sunday, January 31, 2010

Malaysia's Anwar doesn't expect sodomy conviction

First Posted 15:11:00 01/30/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Saturday he does not expect to be convicted on charges he sodomized a male former aide.

"The medical records are in our favor," he told reporters in Manila after meeting with former president Joseph Estrada. "If they (prosecutors) go by the law, there would be no conviction."

Malaysia's Federal Court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that the prosecution does not need to provide Anwar with medical reports, camera recordings and other evidence ahead of his trial for alleged sodomy—a crime in the Muslim-majority country that carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

The former deputy prime minister was charged with corruption and sodomizing his former family driver in 1998. He was convicted and imprisoned but released in 2004 after the Federal Court overturned the sodomy conviction.

Anwar says those charges were meant to prevent him from challenging then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the new charges are part of a political conspiracy to undermine his three-party opposition alliance. Malaysian officials have denied plotting against him.

Anwar, a friend of Estrada and late president Corazon Aquino, was invited by the University of the Philippines College of Law to deliver a lecture on democracy.

Source:Inquirer Global Nation


eddy said...

For a mere mortal who uses his battery of highly paid lawyers just to postpone the trial 20 times for almost 1 year plus, it is indeed fresh comments coming from Anwar Ibrahim.

I hope the Federal Court do away with Anwar's lawyers 21st attempt on 2nd February 2010 to postpone the trial so as to seek a Judicial Review on the three bench Federal Court ruling last week. Anwar will have broken the world record for applying and receiving postponement for a sodomy trial. All these while telling the public that there is no evidence against him and it is just a conspiracy by the BN Government.

I pray that the Federal Court throw out the application by Anwar's lawyer and let the trial proper began 0n 2nd Febuary 2010. The trial has been delayed too long already. Justice delayed is justice denied. Lets see what evidences the AG have to put Anwar Ibrahim away for a long time for his criminal misdeed

SM said...


DSAI either really believes this or he's just "pulling the wool over his eyes"!
Najib & UMNO want to be rid of him at any cost!
It's only a matter of time before they throw him in jail! They did it the first time (he was supposed to have sodomized his wife's driver on a day when he was out of the country & at an apartment that had not been built yet! Now you can't call him a mere mortal when he can do that bro Eddy!).
Badawi (whetever you may say about him sleeping) probably had a "pang of consience" & got DSAI released (why do you think TDM hates Badawi with a vengence?!).
What the heck, if they can find two bodyguards guilty of shooting a Mongolian woman in Msia, even though they did not know her from squat & had no reason "to do her in", don't you think they can throw DSAI in jail for whatever reason they like?!
This is Malaysia...brothers...Malaysia Boleh!