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Anwar's sodomy case comes up for hearing in Malaysia on Thursday

Published on Mar 5, 2014 5:20 PM
 
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim delivers a speech during a lecture hosted by Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo on Feb 27, 2014. Ibrahim will be back in court on Thursday as the prosecution's appeal against his 2012 acquittal for sodomy comes up for hearing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

OPPOSITION leader Anwar Ibrahim will be back in court on Thursday as the prosecution's appeal against his 2012 acquittal for sodomy comes up for hearing.

The appeal, coming just five days before nomination day for the Kajang by-election, has got his opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) up in arms as it may derail his electoral bid.

Mr Anwar plans to contest the Kajang by-election which was called after PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh resigned to make way for him. It is widely seen as a move to enable Mr Anwar to take over as Selangor menteri besar to replace the incumbent Khalid Ibrahim who is seen as too much of a lone-ranger and political lightweight.

Nominations will be held next Tuesday, and polling on March 23.

 
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