PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK/AFP) - The atmosphere in the courtroom was filled with anguish and sadness as the impact of the Federal Court's decision convicting Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy sunk in. It also affirmed his five-year jail term for the crime.
"See you in some years," said the opposition leader as he waved to the public gallery after hugging his family, who burst into tears upon hearing the verdict
He then turned to his grandson and said: "Remember what I told you, you must go to school."
He was also seen consoling his wife, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and his eldest daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Anwar's father-in-law Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood was also in tears.
Later in his tweet, Anwar appeared to remain resilient, although the decision was not in his favour.
"Allah is my witness. I will not be silent. I will never surrender," he said via his official tweethandle @anwaribrahim.
He repeated this rallying cry in court at the end of the arguments on sentencing, when the court allowed him to speak. He instead attacked the bench, who told him to stop and then stood down less than an hour after resuming proceedings.
"I maintain my innocence. This case is completely fabricated to stop my political career," Anwar said. "My family and I are very shocked with this verdict."
"You have become partners in crime in the murder of judiciary integrity. You chose the dark side," he was saying when the Chief Justice tried to stop him.
But he continued even after the judges walked out, ending his tirade with: "I will not be silenced. I will continue to fight for freedom and justice. I will never surrender."
Which prompted his supporters in court to shout: "Allahuakbar" (God is Great)
“It’s a day of infamy. It’s a shocking decision,” senior opposition parliamentarian Lim Kit Siang said.