8 Jul 2009

Malaysian opposition leader to go on trial again

1:47 pm on 8 July 2009

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is to go on trial in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday on charges of sodomy for a second time.

He's accused of having illegal sex with a former aide.

Five years ago, Anwar, now aged 61, was released from prison after a previous conviction for sodomy, was overturned.

The BBC reports the former deputy prime minister denied the charges, calling them a lie intended to destroy his political career. He now leads the three-party People's Alliance.

Anwar was first charged with committing sodomy in 1998 after he was sacked by then-premier Mahathir Mohamad at the height of the Asian economic crisis.

The Federal Court overturned the conviction in 2004.