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Malaysian U-Turn on Sodomy case
(Blogmensgo, January 10, 2012) The High Court of Kuala Lumpur has surprised observers by relaxing their charges on January 9, 2012 against Anwar Ibrahim, who was tried for "homosexual sodomy." The former deputy prime minister faced up to twenty years imprisonment, Malaysia considers homosexuality as a crime.
Anwar Ibrahim, 64, married with six children, had pleaded not guilty. This was, he said, a set-up. "The 26 year old man who accused him had met with Mr. Najib [the current prime minister] two days before the alleged sodomy," says Anwar Ibrahim’s blog just before the disposition of cases. The court would not "make a finding of guilt based on a mere presumption," the accuser was a former employee of the defendant.
The leader of the People's Justice Party (Keadilan, the main opposition party) might have also perhaps served much more than twenty years of imprisonment to which he seemed destined. In January 2010, shortly before the start of the trial against Anwar, the Court of Appeal in Kuala Lumpur confirmed that the prohibition of sodomy for "sexual deviance" was consistent with the Constitution of Malaysia. The order dismissing the 2010 ipso facto a 39 year old man who had been sentenced to sixty years in prison, three times the maximum penalty under the pretext that he had "committed" acts of sodomy.
It’s the second time that Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sodomy. He was sentenced to twenty years in prison in 1998 and spent six years in custody before being expanded. The release which is to benefit now allows him to prepare the general elections scheduled for 2013, where he once again will challenge the supremacy of Najib Razak, the party in power and the corruption that plagues Malaysia.
This article has been translated from the original which was written on our French blog. To view the original, click here.