February 26, 2010 |
The coverage is exhaustive, the politics bare-knuckle, the details lurid, all played out in a majority Muslim country. Malaysia's sodomy trial 2.0, in which the government is accusing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of engaging in a homosexual act with a 25-year-old former aide, has pushed media sensationalism here to new heights. Sodomy, even consensual, is a crime in Malaysia under laws dating to British colonial rule. And the case, some analysts say, has desensitized the public to a once-taboo topic, especially the younger generation, in a society that has long prided itself on modesty and conservative values.
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January 16, 2009 |
Three suspects in the alleged gang rape of a lesbian woman in Richmond pleaded not guilty Thursday and were likely to remain jailed until a judge decides whether there's enough evidence to put them on trial. Lawyers for Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 31, Josue Gonzalez, 21, and Darrell Hodges, 16, entered the pleas to charges that included kidnapping, carjacking, gang rape and sodomy in the Dec. 13 attack.
August 7, 2008 |
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged today with sodomizing his male aide. Anwar pleaded innocent in Kuala Lumpur to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Anwar has claimed the allegation was concocted by the government to destroy his political career and prevent him from returning to Parliament in a by-election later this month. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has rejected Anwar's claim. Riot police backed by trucks mounted with water cannons surrounded the courthouse.
June 29, 2008 |
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was accused of sodomizing his male aide, sparking speculation today that he might be arrested on the same charge that led to his imprisonment a decade ago in one of Malaysia's biggest political upheavals. Anwar, who resurrected his political career after leading the opposition to spectacular gains in recent elections, denied the allegation, which was made in a police complaint filed by the 23-year-old aide.
December 6, 2007 |
A former Navy chaplain plans to plead guilty to allegations that include forcible sodomy and failing to tell a sex partner he was HIV-positive, his lawyer said Wednesday. Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Matthew Lee was to enter the plea today at his court-martial at Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia, said his attorney, David Sheldon. Lee, 42, plans to plead guilty to forcible sodomy, aggravated assault and other charges, Sheldon said.
July 18, 2007 |
Hong Kong's top court rejected a ban on public gay sodomy, which had been punishable by as much as five years in prison. The case stemmed from the prosecution of two men who acknowledged having sex in a car parked on an isolated road at night, the ruling said. A panel of five top judges unanimously dismissed the appeal of a lower-court decision. Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals and "does not criminalize heterosexuals for the same or comparable conduct."