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Malaysia opposition slams 'bid to extend Anwar sentence'

Published on Apr 14, 2014 2:37 PM
 
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim delivers a speech during a lecture hosted by Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo on February 27, 2014. Malaysia's opposition on Monday, April 14, 2014, denounced what it called a government bid to increase the prison term of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a controversial sodomy case. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's opposition on Monday denounced what it called a government bid to increase the prison term of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a controversial sodomy case.

Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years' jail last month after a court overturned a 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges that he says are a false smear by Malaysia's authoritarian regime aimed at disqualifying him from politics.

Anwar is free pending an appeal to the Federal Court, Malaysia's highest.

But his lawyer Karpal Singh told AFP he received new court documents indicating prosecutors will push to increase the sentence by an unspecified level.

 
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