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Anwar gets jail term for sodomy

Putrajaya (Malaysia), March 7 (Reuters): A Malaysian court convicted Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison today, shattering his plan to take control of the country’s richest state.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously voted to overturn Anwar’s acquittal two years ago in a rapid ruling that his supporters and international human rights groups say was politically influenced and aimed at ending his career.

The former deputy Prime Minister, who was previously jailed for six years on sodomy and corruption charges, will not be jailed immediately as his lawyers won a stay of the sentence pending an appeal. But the ruling bars Anwar from running for a seat.

 
 
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