Malaysian court finds Anwar not guilty of sodomy

By REUTERS
January 9, 2012 04:01

 
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KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian court found former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim not guilty of sodomy on Monday, a surprise ruling that could strengthen his opposition alliance ahead of an expected general election this year.

"The court cannot be 100 percent certain that DNA was not contaminated," High Court Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah told a packed courtroom in the Malaysian capital.

"And because it was a sexual offense, the court is reluctant to convict on uncorroborated evidence."

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