Anwar Ibrahim Back in Prison

Stock image of Anwar Ibrahim selected by 2SER.

Today, I did an interview with Sydney community radio station, 2SER, outlining why Malaysian Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, is back in prison today.

Anwar Ibrahim Jailed

A Malaysian court over the weekend has sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years’ jail, overturning his previous acquittal on sodomy charges of having sex with a male aide in 2008.

Ibrahim’s opposition colleagues and supporters claimed the charge was a political ploy intended to damage his reputation.

It’s not the first time 66-year-old Anwar, a former deputy premier, has faced sodomy charges.

In 1998 he was sacked from the number two post in the ruling party by President Mahathir, and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges. The charge was later overturned, and Anwar was released from prison in 2004 to take over the opposition.

Joining the Daily’s Lucie Robson is Amrita Malhi, research fellow in the Hawke research institute at the University of South Australia.

How do you think Malaysians will react to the news that Anwar is back in jail?

First published by 2SER. The podcast is available here.

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