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Malaysia's Anwar back in court on sodomy case

Published on Mar 6, 2014 11:21 AM
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (right) and his wife Wan Azizah (left) arrive at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP  

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AFP) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was back in court on Thursday over a government appeal against his sodomy acquittal, as he prepared to contest a key state by-election.

The 66-year-old veteran politician, who was acquitted in 2012, slammed the appeal, saying it was a political ploy to tarnish his image in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

"There is absolutely no case for them. This is clearly seen to be political," Datuk Seri Anwar said as he entered the Court of Appeal with his family for the hearing in the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

Mr Anwar will contest a seat in central Selangor state, the country's main economic hub surrounding the capital Kuala Lumpur, in a by-election set for March 23.

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