November 26, 2000 |
Jailed former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalized, raising the possibility that his appeal hearing set for Monday may be postponed, his lawyer said in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. A checkup at a government hospital showed that Anwar had suffered a slipped disk and may need surgery, Sankara Nair said. The Federal Court is scheduled to hear Anwar's appeal of his conviction and six-year jail sentence on corruption charges.
August 8, 2000 |
Malaysia's former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and his adopted brother were found guilty in a Kuala Lumpur court today of sodomizing the family chauffeur, ending a lurid legal drama that galvanized Malaysians for 14 months. "Bloody, rotten judiciary!" Anwar said, hugging his wife after the verdict was read. Then he shouted, "Sick!" and hurried out of the public gallery to consult his attorneys. Anwar was sentenced to nine years in prison.
July 7, 2000 |
After nearly two years of scandal and lurid revelations, the courtroom sex saga of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is nearing a close, leaving this conservative country a bit shellshocked. Ariffin Jaka, who is both judge and jury, abruptly ended the marathon trial in late June and ordered lawyers to submit closing arguments in writing. He hopes to rule this month on whether Anwar sodomized his chauffeur as charged and, if so, on the punishment.
April 21, 2000 |
The High Court ruled today that Malaysia's prime minister is not required to testify in the sex trial of an ousted deputy premier, deflating defense hopes of proving that the charges are politically motivated. "There is not an iota of evidence to show that Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is involved in a political conspiracy to fabricate evidence of sodomy to topple Anwar Ibrahim," Judge Ariffin Jaka said.
April 15, 2000 |
Several opposition leaders were arrested Friday, and riot police, some toting machine guns, were deployed in the Malaysian capital as authorities stepped up an apparent crackdown ahead of a protest in support of jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim. At least three officials of the opposition National Justice Party were arrested before dawn Friday. Police said they had orders to arrest four other rally organizers.
March 27, 2000 |
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad easily won reelection as president of Malaysia's dominant party over one challenger. Local party divisions are still sending in nominations for president of the United Malays National Organization, but Mahathir had received 133 nominations from 165 divisions, the national news agency Bernama said. A candidate needs the backing of at least 50 divisions to run. Mahathir has ruled Malaysia for the last 18 years.