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Anti-gay court action in Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia

in MALAYSIA, 09/03/2014

A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month.

An angry Anwar vowed to appeal to the country’s highest court. He warned Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government that it “faces the wrath of the people.” Anwar, 66, is the most potent threat to Najib, whose popular support has weakened over the last two elections.

Sodomy, even consensual, is a crime in Muslim-majority Malaysia and is punishable by up to 20 years in jail.

International human rights groups say the legal moves against Anwar are politically motivated.

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