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    Apr 15, 2014

    Anwar may face longer jail sentence


    MALAYSIA'S opposition yesterday denounced what it called a government bid to increase the prison term of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a controversial sodomy case.

    Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years' jail last month after a court overturned a 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges. He is free, pending an appeal to the Federal Court.

    But his lawyer, Mr Karpal Singh, said he received new court documents indicating prosecutors want to ask for a longer jail sentence. "As Anwar is too old for whipping, they must feel five years is too light," said Mr Karpal.

    The charges allege that Anwar sodomised a former male aide. The appeals court said the lower court that acquitted him had misjudged evidence.