Malaysian court to give verdict on Anwar's sodomy conviction review
KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian Federal Court will deliver its verdict on a review application made by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim over his sodomy conviction today.
This is Anwar's last legal avenue to challenge the five-year jail sentence handed down by the Federal Court, which upheld the Court of Appeal's decision to overturn his acquittal.
If he succeeds, the apex court will decide whether to acquit Anwar or order a retrial at the High Court.
If Anwar's conviction stands, he will remain in jail until mid-2018, liberal news portal Malaysiakini reported.
PKR will hold a rally outside the Palace of Justice to show solidarity with their incarcerated leader.
The verdict will be delivered by a five-member panel, led by Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.
Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram, who appeared for Anwar, had told the bench that there was a political conspiracy against his client.