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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Friday found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and dealing a major blow to his hopes of contesting a local election this month.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was convicted of sodomy Friday in a fresh threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. His lawyers say they will appeal to the Federal Court, Malaysia's highest. Anwar, 66, who dramatically fell from the pinnacle of Malaysia's long-ruling party in the late 1990s amid controversial charges of sodomy and corruption, condemned the ruling. Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia.