PETALING JAYA - Even after being found guilty of sodomy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has vowed to fight on and to never surrender.
Maintaining that he was innocent and that the incident never happened, Anwar said he considered having to go to jail a "sacrifice" for the people.
"I have fought for most of my life on behalf of the people of this country. For the people, I am willing to go to jail or face any other consequence.
"My struggle will continue wherever I am sent and whatever is done to me," he said, thanking friends and Malaysians for their support.
"As Allah is my witness, I pledge and I will not be silenced. I will fight on for freedom and justice and I will never surrender," he said in a statement released after his verdict.
Anwar, who is also Opposition Leader, accused the judges of not having given proper consideration to the case presented by his counsel.
"I can go on and on but I see from your statement that it will be fruitless. It appears that I have been condemned again as I was in the Court of Appeal," he said, adding that this time, however, he had to go through an eight-day hearing.
"Yes, you have passed judgment on me and I will, for the third time, walk into prison but rest assured, my head will be held high. The light shines on me," he said.
The judges, Anwar added, had wasted the best opportunity to "redeem themselves and right the wrongs of the past", adding that they would "have to answer" for their actions some day.
Describing the case as a "complete fabrication from a political conspiracy to stop his political career", Anwar warned that legal students and professors would dissect the judges' reasoning and tear their judgement into "tatters".