High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah on Monday acquitted and discharged Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of a charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Sodomy II: Anwar acquitted
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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday acquitted and discharged Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah said that after going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain the integrity of the DNA samples was not compromised.
He said as such, the court was left only with Saiful's testimony, which was uncorroborated, and was reluctant to convict based entirely on this.
Sodomy II Verdict: Anwar acquitted
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari.
A jubilant Anwar said his immediate priority now is to focus on preparing his party and the Opposition to face the coming general elections.
In his immediate response after he was acquitted of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Anwar said he was thankful that justice has been served.
“Thank God, I have been vindicated. My focus now will be at the coming elections,” he said.
Earlier, High Court Judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah took three minutes to deliver his judgment.
He said there were no collaborating evidence to support Saiful’s testimony.
However, there is no written judgment.
Anwar immediately hugged his children who were crying over the verdict.
He also shook hands with the prosecution team.
Outside the courtroom, thousands of supporters cheered when they heard the news.