Judge dismisses appeal, former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to stay in jail

Former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has just lost his final bid for freedom.

The Federal Court on Wednesday dismissed the 69-year-old’s application to review his Sodomy II conviction, according to The Star Online.

Anwar had reportedly filed 35 grounds in his petition of appeal asking the Federal Court to overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling, but Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin rejected his application because there was no merits in his application.

It was reportedly an unanimous decision.

“It is not end of the road,” Anwar was quoted by the news portal as saying, adding that he would discuss with his legal team on the next course of action.

On February 10 last year, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision in convicting Anwar of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 30, at a condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term at the Sungai Buloh prison.

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