Malaysia's Anwar Ready For Worst In Sodomy Verdict

Published January 8, 2012 3:45AM (EST)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says on the eve of a verdict in his sodomy trial that he is prepared to be sent to prison.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court could sentence Anwar to a maximum of 20 years if it convicts him of sodomizing a young male former aide.

Anwar denies the charges. He says Prime Minister Najib Razak's governing coalition masterminded the trial in an effort to tarnish his image and potentially banish him from politics. Najib denies any conspiracy.

Anwar told The Associated Press on Sunday that he and his allies were hoping "for the best, that justice will prevail, but we're prepared for the worst."

By Salon Staff

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