Anwar Ibrahim is Released?
Source BBC News
Anwar Ibrahim was sacked six years ago
The jailed former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, will be set free, after the country's highest court overturned his sodomy conviction.
The decision came six years to the day after his dramatic sacking by Malaysia's then Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohammed.
He was imprisoned in 1999 and had lost earlier appeal against his conviction.
He is now expected to travel to Germany to receive treatment for a back injury he says he suffered when arrested.
The country's former police chief was responsible for a beating he received when first arrested in September 1998, Anwar says.
"He is free to go, there is no doubt it," said his lawyer Pawancheek Marican when the verdict was announced.
He is expected to leave custody later on Thursday.
Anwar was jailed in 1999 for corruption after a trial widely seen as politically motivated. It followed his disagreement with Mahathir Mohammad over how to run the country's economy.
In 2000, he received a further nine years for sodomy.
Anwar had already failed to reverse the first of those convictions.
Thursday's appeal to Malaysia's Federal Court - the country's highest - was the last legal opening for the former minister.
The court was reviewing an earlier rejection of Anwar's appeal - but decided to quash the original conviction by a vote of 2-1.
"We allow the sentence and conviction to be set aside. We find the High Court misdirected itself. He should have been acquitted," said Judge Abdul Hamid Mohamad, head of a three-judge panel.
The BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says Anwar's continued imprisonment had posed problems for the government of current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.
Although his star has waned since the days when thousands marched in protest at his treatment, many in Malaysia and abroad still regarded him as a political prisoner.
Courtesy of Geng Jurnal from a journal by walkthrulife
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Akhirnya siap jugak aku kemas bilik aku. Ari tu janji nak kemas bilik lepas ari sabtu 2 minggu lepas. Hoho. Ari ni pun lepas ari sabtu gak! Busy btol aku ek? Kemas bilik pun payah. Heh. Tah ape tah aku buat.
Ari tu weekend merdeka sakan aku jalan, gi klang (kak lina suh aku jadik cameraman lagi mase a'a kawin, sronoknye bile keje sendiri ade orang suke.. hoho!), gi ampang (ziarah cik zai kat ampang puteri), gi ukm bangi (gi lepak umah abg jo, tak lame lagi die nak berenti jadik fellow), gi bukit jelutong (tak dpt aku lupe.. ramai gile, semue adek badek mak ade kat situ, bleh jadik family reunion), pastu sambut malam merdeka kat rumah angah, ade makan2, family reunion cikgu elias, hehe.
Final tak lame lagi, sebulan lebih sikit jek. Ayah slalu pesan blaja rajin-rajin. I always doubt of myself. Am i THAT ready? But still, aku tak pnah kesah pun pasal doubt tu. Hoho! Dayah pnah cakap, rase risau nak exam, tapi malas study, tu mmg masalah bese as a student. Heheh. Bese la ek? Heii.. jimin.. jimin..
Malam tadi rizal ajak tolong handle interview new ENGENIUS sub-coms. Frankly, bosan arh. Kalo aku kene interview malam tu kompem ngantuk. (tatau arh interview kat room lagi satu cemane..). Lain sangat mase aku kene interview last year. Tatau arh, mungkin gak yang kene interview ngan aku dulu banyak cakap. (ceh pasan..). Dulu yang interview aku ramai gile (malam tadi pun ramai.. tapi yang interview tu series sangat..) yang interview lagi ramai dr yang kene interview. Pastu plak kene tanye ngan saiful yang otai itu. 'Hu ha hu ha' ar gak malam tu. Hakhak! Tapi malam tadi tatau arh ape yang tak kene. Macam tak best jek. Maybe malam ni kot budak best2 sket.