29 October 2014
5 Muharram 1436H
* – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (born: August 10, 1947) is in the Malaysian Federal Court this week for the hearing of the final appeal against a sodomy conviction and five-year jail sentence. The first trial was held in 1998 after allegations of homsexuality surfaces which eventually led to him being fired from Cabinet and subsequently Umno, the same year. Anwar Ibrahim was convicted and given a nine-year prison sentence for corruption and homosexuality acts with Dr. Munawar Anees, his former speechwriter, and Sukma Darmawan Sasmita Atmadja, Anwar’s adoptive brother. The verdict was overturned in 2004, resulting in his release. The leader of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition was again charged in 2008 with sodomising a male aide, Mr Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He was tried in 2010 and 2011 and acquitted in January 2012. The acquittal was overturned in March 2014.