Witnesses end testimony in Malaysia's Anwar trial

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 1:28 AM
Witnesses end testimony in Malaysia's Anwar trial

Witnesses have finished testifying in Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial, but a verdict is not expected for at least six weeks.

Opposition supporters fear Anwar could be imprisoned ahead of national elections widely expected by mid-2012.

He faces a 20-year sentence if convicted of sodomizing a 26-year-old male former aide in 2008. Authorities deny Anwar's claim that the government concocted the charge.

The High Court instructed lawyers to present closing arguments Nov. 23 after the prosecution's last witnesses provided statements Tuesday.

The prosecution's case hinges on testimony by Anwar's ex-aide and DNA evidence allegedly linking Anwar to the man. Anwar's lawyers call the man a liar and say the DNA material is tainted.