February 10, 2015 / 4:34 AM / 3 years ago

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim found guilty in sodomy trial

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy on Tuesday in a case that his supporters claim was politically motivated.

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the media ahead of the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

The Federal Court’s judgment upholds a ruling by the Court of Appeal in March last year, which found the 67-year-old guilty of sodomizing a former political aide.

He is expected to be sentenced later on Tuesday.

Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia where the offense carries a jail term of up to 20 years.

Reporting by Trinna Leong and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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