(Countdown – 347 days to “doomsday”)
(What’s next for Anwar, now that he has been acquitted by the court? Hopefully it is on getting down to business for the betterment of the country and not Sodomy 3.0. Cartoon source: Zunar – Malaysiakini)
Probably a welcome turn of things for Pakatan Rakyat so early in 2012:-
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been acquitted of sodomy after a two-year trial. Judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah said DNA evidence submitted by the prosecution was unreliable and discharged the case.
Mr Anwar had been accused of having sex with a former male aide. He had faced up to 20 years in prison if found guilty. But the judge said that there were questions over whether DNA evidence had been contaminated.
“The court is always reluctant to convict on sexual offences without corroborative evidence. Therefore, the accused is acquitted and discharged,” the judge said.
Now that the sodomy charges are out of the way, Pakatan under Anwar should be free enough to focus their energy on making the case to the people that they can run the country better than the current government or at least keep the government on their toes to reduce wastage, mismanagement of public funds and curtail corruption.
With the recent sacking of rebel Hasan Ali, Bersih 2.0’s demands met by the EC to some extent, good financial position in Penang as evident in the Auditor General’s report, all is needed now is a clean up of allegations of corruption in PR run state, less of infighting, a greater push for dedicated and high quality candidates & representatives and a finer focus of real issues facing the country instead of dirty politics for PR to do better in the next general elections.
They should…for time before the next elections is short…
- Anwar acquitted in sodomy trial surprise (smh.com.au)
- Malaysia: Reformist Leader Anwar Ibrahim Emerges from Wilderness [SLIDESHOW] (ibtimes.com)
- Blasts As Malaysia’s Anwar Cleared of Sodomy (news.sky.com)