Anwar Ibrahim celebrates with supporters
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Anwar Ibrahim 'elated' at acquittal on sodomy charges

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been acquitted of sodomy after a two-year trial.

The ruling came as hundreds of Mr Anwar's supporters waited outside the court in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Anwar, 64, has consistently denied the charges and called them a government bid to cripple his political ambitions and influence.

He was jailed for sodomy in 1999 but the conviction was overturned. Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Sankara Nair, a lawyer and member of Anwar Ibrahim's legal team told the BBC Mr Ibrahim was elated by the news, but did not think the ruling would stop charges being brought in the future.

  • 09 Jan 2012
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