Malaysian PM escapes testifying
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.