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Anwar Ibrahim sentenced to 5 years' jail; out of running for Kajang by-election

Published on Mar 7, 2014 7:18 PM
 
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives at a court house in Putrajaya, on March 7, 2014. Anwar was sentenced to five years jail on Friday, after he lost in the appeal against his 2012 acquittal for sodomy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years' jail on Friday, after he lost in the appeal against his 2012 acquittal for sodomy.

The Court of Appeal, which handed down the verdict on Friday evening, allowed a stay of the sentence as his lawyers intend to appeal to the Federal Court.

Anwar was allowed bail of RM10,000 to be paid by 11am on Monday.

This would put him out of the running for the Kajang by-election to be held soon, and may also disqualify him from his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat if he loses again in the apex court.

 
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