Anwar’s Second Sex Case Puts Malaysia Courts on Trial (Update2)

By Angus Whitley

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — The first time Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, was accused of illegal sex with a man, the court proceedings so dismayed a Universiti Malaya law lecturer that he told his students to throw away their textbooks.

“What’s admissible is irrelevant, what’s relevant is not admissible,” retired High Court and Court of Appeal Judge Shaik Daud Ismail said he told his class after the trial that convicted Anwar started in 1998.

A decade later, with Anwar facing similar charges, Shaik Daud, 72, says Malaysia’s judiciary still needs reform.

“The system is crooked,” said Shaik Daud, who calls himself politically independent.

Anwar, 61, served six years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2004. Now leader of the opposition, he says the new case was fabricated to stop him from ousting the ruling coalition that banished him the last time he was accused. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, Anwar’s rival to succeed Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, denies that. [more]

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