Malaysia’s Anwar acquitted, vows to win elections


Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted on Monday in a stunning climax to a two-year sodomy trial and quickly set his sights on ousting the long-ruling coalition in upcoming polls. The unexpected decision set off pandemonium at the Kuala Lumpur High Court where Anwar — a former deputy premier who was sacked in 1998 and jailed on earlier sodomy charges — was mobbed by jubilant family and friends. “Thank God, justice has been served,” Anwar told reporters in the courtroom after being cleared of sexual misconduct with a young male aide, charges he said were a conspiracy to cripple his resurgent opposition alliance. An elated Anwar later told AFP in an interview that he was now…

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