Malaysia’s federal court releases full written judgement in Anwar case

The full written grounds of judgement in the case against Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim have been made available on the federal court’s website.

On Tuesday, the federal court upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal last year, which found Anwar guilty of sodomising his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008, and sentenced the former deputy prime minister to five years in prison.

The verdict has been heavily criticised both locally and internationally. Amnesty International said the decision to jail Anwar was an oppressive ruling that would have a “chilling effect” on freedom of expression in Malaysia.

anwaribrahimverdict10022015Anwar (pictured left) says the case against him was fabricated by his political enemies. He has previously spent two years in political detention and six years in prison after an earlier conviction on corruption and sodomy charges.

The 116-page judgment was written by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria and is signed by him along with the four other members of the bench.

Grounds of judgement

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