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Malaysia court finds opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim not guilty of sodomy

A court has acquitted Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges, signaling a new era for conservative Malaysia.

(BBC NEWS) Kuala Lumpur - Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah said DNA evidence submitted by the prosecution was unreliable and discharged the case.

Mr Anwar, 64, has consistently denied the charges and called them a government bid to cripple his political ambitions and influence.

The government said the verdict showed Malaysia's judiciary was free from government influence.

Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia but, says the BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur, very few people are ever prosecuted.

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