Sodomy II: Anwar not guilty

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KUALA LUMPUR: High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah will deliver his verdict Monday on whether Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomised his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, then 23, three years ago.

These are the live updates from the The Star team at the scene at the KL Court Complex at Jalan Duta and the trial:

9.40am: PKR Youth wing members and other supporters waiting for Anwar to emerge from the court house, and are most likely going to escort him to Masjid Wilayah.

Other supporters assemble and sit in front of the complex main gate to cheer and celebrate Anwar’s acquittal.

The scene at the main gate

9.30am: Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah – “After going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain that integrity of DNA samples was not compromised, and finds that it is not safe to rely on DNA evidence.

“As such, court is left only with Saiful’s testimony. As this is a sexual crime, the court is reluctant to convict based entirely on Saiful’s testimony, which is uncorroborated. The accused is thus acquitted and discharged.”

Anwar says he is surprised and vindicated: “We have an agenda. Will focus on elections.”