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.