Sunday, January 8, 2012
Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim start gathering outside the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta in the early morning .Strong police presence outside the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta in the early morning of January 9, 2012.
The High Court today acquitted Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of a charge of sodomising his former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled that the prosecution had not done enough to prove Anwar had committed sodomy against Saiful.
“The court does not exclude the possibility the (DNA) samples were compromised.
“Therefore the accused is acquitted,” he ruled to shouts of joy from Anwar’s supporters and family.
Anwar, 64, had been similarly indicted of sodomy over a decade ago and was found guilty. He spent six years in jail before being exonerated.
The High Court’s decision this time, ahead of the 13th general election, will likely give a boost to Anwar’s Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact’s plans to take over Putrajaya.