09 Jan '12, 1am

Anwar cleared of sodomy charges, judge rules DNA evidence 'unreliable'

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's High Court has acquitted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy in a case he claims was politically motivated. Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah said he said in the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that DNA evidence submitted by the prosecution was unreliable. Mr Anwar, 64, was charged with sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 26, at a Condominium Desa Damansara unit in Bukit Damansara here, between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008. The case rested mainly on testimony by Mr Anwar's 26-year-old accuser, Mr Saiful Bukhari Azlan, and semen samples found on Mr Saiful's body that investigators said matched Mr Anwar's DNA. High Court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah said his decision was founded on concerns that the DNA evidence was tainted. "The court at this stage could not with 100 percent certainty exclude the possibility that the (DNA) sample...

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