Malaysia's highest court finds opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomy, upholding a lower court ruling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Malaysia's highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy on Tuesday (February 10) in a case that his supporters claim was politically motivated. Anwar was smiling and talking with reporters as he arrived at the court today. He was convicted in March of 2014 of sodomising a male political aide and sentenced to five years in prison. Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia. He had appealed the conviction and prior to Tuesday's hearing sounded confident. "We are prepared. Justice will prevail," he said. The conviction would disqualify him from political office. "Autocracts should not determine people's political career. (It is) the people," he said as he entered the courtroom. Anwar was the ruling party's rising star in the mid-1990s before he fell out with then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Since then, the former deputy prime minister has been beset by legal problems and spent several years in prison after being convicted of corruption and an earlier sodomy charge.