09 Jan '12, 3am

Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal shows that the courts are free of manipulation, M'sia government says

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The surprise acquittal on Monday of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a politically-charged sodomy trial proves the country's courts are free of manipulation, the government said. 'Malaysia has an independent judiciary and this verdict proves that the government does not hold sway over judges' decisions,' information minister Rais Yatim said in a statement after Mr Anwar was cleared. A Malaysian judge pronounced Mr Anwar not guilty after a nearly two-year trial that he has denounced as a government attempt to cripple his strengthening opposition. The verdict defied the expectations of many political observers and even Mr Anwar himself, who had called the trial a farce, alleging that a guilty verdict had been predetermined.

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