08 Mar '11, 5am

Malaysia's Anwar wins rare victory in sodomy trial

Malaysia's Anwar wins rare victory in sodomy trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won a rare victory in his long-running sodomy trial on Tuesday as DNA tests on items taken from his detention cell were ruled as inadmissible. The High Court's decision is a major boost for Anwar, a former deputy premier who was jailed on separate sex and corruption counts a decade ago, and who faces 20 years in jail if found guilty of the new charges. The court found that a toothbrush, mineral water bottle and a hand towel taken from the lock-up where Anwar was held after his arrest in July 2008 were improperly obtained. "I find that in this case the DNA samples from the three items... were obtained by unfair means from the accused," said Judge Zabidin Mohamed Diah, adding that they were to be "excluded from evidence". Anwar was in high spirits after the decision, which means the prosecution will now have to rely on ...

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