Anwar jailed five years for sodomy, allowed bail

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years jail by the Court of Appeal for sodomising his aide in 2008.

The three-man bench led by Justice Balia Yusof Wahi granted him a stay of execution of the sentence with a bail of RM10,000 (S$3,878) in one surety.

The court allowed Anwar to post bail by 11am on Monday.

In a unanimous decision, the panel allowed the prosecution's appeal against a 2012 High Court decision that acquitted Anwar of the charge.

Justice Balia held that the trial judge had erred in his finding that the integrity of the samples had been compromised.

Anwar guilty of sodomy

The panel led by Justice Balia Yusof Wahi allowed the prosecution's appeal against a 2012 High Court decision that acquitted Anwar of the charge.

The court gave one hour to lawyer Karpal Singh to prepare mitigation for Anwar before it resumed sitting at 6.15pm for sentencing.

The prosecution had appealed against the Jan 9, 2012 High Court decision which acquitted and discharged Anwar of sodomising Mohd Saiful, 26, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008.

High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah in acquitting Anwar, ruled that the court could not be 100 per cent certain on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from Mohd Saiful as the samples could have been compromised before they reached the chemistry department for analysis.

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