Malaysia opposition leader denies charges at sodomy trial Jaclyn Belczyk at 12:40 PM ET
[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] testified for the first time Monday in his trial on charges of sodomy, denying the charges against him. Anwar testified that the charges against him were fabricated [AFP report] by Prime Minister Najib Razak [official profile] in order to ruin his political career. Anwar's lawyers are seeking to have Najib subpoenaed to testify, but the prime minister could apparently apply to have the subpoena set aside. Anwar is accused of sodomizing a former male political aide. Under Malaysian law, sodomy is punishable by 20 years in prison regardless of consent. This is the second sodomy case launched against Anwar.
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