17 Oct '11, 10am

Anwar's defence closes in Malaysian sodomy trial

KUALA LUMPUR: The defence team for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim closed its case on Monday, with a verdict in his long-running sodomy trial expected by the end of the year. Anwar, 64, is charged with sodomising a young male aide in June 2008. He denies the allegations and says they were cooked up with Prime Minister Najib Razak's involvement to cripple the opposition's chances in coming elections. "The defence has rested its case," Anwar's lawyer Karpal Singh told reporters outside the courtroom. Lead prosecutor Yusof Zainal Abiden said he would still call four witnesses in the coming days to refute the testimony of defence witness Dr Thomas Hoogland, an orthopaedic surgeon. The Dutch expert, who is based in Germany and had operated previously on Anwar's back, gave evidence that the former deputy premier was unlikely to be physically capable of the alleged sex ...

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