Malaysia Prosecutors Appeal Anwar's Acquittal

By Salon Staff

Published January 20, 2012 11:36AM (EST)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have filed an appeal challenging the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges earlier this month.

Anwar won a lengthy court battle on Jan. 9 when the High Court ruled that DNA evidence was insufficient to convict him of sodomizing a male former aide in 2008.

Solicitor General Idrus Harun said prosecutors will pursue the case in the Appeals Court but declined to comment further.

Defense lawyer Sankara Nair slammed the move and said it appeared to be continued political persecution of Anwar.

Salon Staff

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