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Malaysia’s government called on Malaysians to respect the court’s decision against Anwar Ibrahim

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Feb 10th, 2015
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Anwar (center) and his wife Wan Azizah (center right) speak about the case in Kuala Lampur back in 2011.

Anwar (center) and his wife Wan Azizah (center right) speak about the case in Kuala Lampur back in 2011.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ( AP + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The top Malaysian court upheld the sodomy conviction of a political leader at the forefront of opposition to Malaysia’s long-ruling National Front party on Tuesday.

The Federal Court also affirmed Anwar Ibrahim’s five-year prison sentence for alleged relations with a male aide in 2008, a decision that critics of Malaysia’s government and human rights activists say is politically motivated.

Hundreds of Anwar’s supporters rallied against the judgment outside the courthouse in Putrajaya and the People’s Alliance leader chastised the court’s five judges after they announced the verdict, according to the Associated Press.

“You have become partners in crime in the murder of judicial independence,” he told the judges.

“Allah be my witness. I pledge that I will not be silenced. I will fight on for freedom and justice. I will never surrender.”

Anwar, 67, previously served a six-year prison term for sodomy after he lost his post as a deputy prime minister in 1998. That conviction was later reversed.

The National Front party took fewer than 50 percent of the popular vote for the first time in 44 years in the 2013 election. It has led Malaysia’s government since the country’s independence in 1957.

Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Malaysians to respect the court’s decision, AP reported.

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