KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's High Court has acquitted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy in a case he claims was politically motivated.
Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah said Monday that DNA evidence submitted by the prosecution was unreliable. The verdict was greeted with cheers by thousands of Anwar's supporters who gathered outside the court.
Anwar had faced up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of sodomizing a male former aide in 2008.
He claims that Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration concocted the charge to damage the opposition. Najib denies plotting against Anwar.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Hundreds of Malaysians have gathered outside a court building to await a verdict in opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial.
Anwar says it will be "a day of infamy" if he is convicted Monday of sodomizing a male former aide.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court could sentence him to a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Anwar insists he is innocent and has toured the nation over the past week for political rallies to reiterate his claim that Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration concocted the charge to damage the opposition.
Najib is expected to call for national elections this year. He denies plotting against Anwar.
Anwar says in a statement that authorities can never imprison his soul or his spirit.