Malaysian PM escapes testifying

2011-10-06 09:45

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost an attempt to force the prime minister to testify at his sodomy trial.

Anwar insists Prime Minister Najib Razak orchestrated a conspiracy to charge him for allegedly sodomising a 26-year-old male former aide in 2008. Anwar faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The high court ruled on Thursday that Najib wasn't a material witness. Najib's lawyers say he can offer no relevant evidence.

Anwar's ex-aide has testified he met Najib in 2008 to seek advice. But Najib denies plotting against Anwar.

Anwar formed a three-party alliance that made major gains in 2008 elections. Supporters fear the alliance would weaken if he is imprisoned before the next polls, which are expected in 2012.

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