KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim returns to court next week to learn whether he will be jailed on sodomy charges.
On Tuesday, Malaysiaâ€™s Federal Court will hear Anwarâ€™s appeal of his March conviction for engaging in homosexual acts.
Anwar was originally arrested on July 16, 2008, after a former male aide alleged the pair had engaged in consensual sexual relations â€” criminalized under Malaysiaâ€™s colonial-era â€œsodomy law.â€ The High Court then acquitted Anwar on Jan. 9, 2012, ruling that DNA samples vital to the prosecution case could have been contaminated.
On March 7, 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal and sentenced Anwar to five years imprisonment. This meant Anwar was disqualified from running in the Kajang district state assembly election on March 23.
Anwarâ€™s imprisonment has been stayed during his appeal, but if convicted he faces five years in prison plus a mandatory five-year prohibition on running for office, effectively ending the 67-year-oldâ€™s political career. – MyNewsHub/NewsWires