Anwar: Najib wants me in jail quickly

(Free Malaysia Today) – Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today accused the Najib regime of seeking to convict him quickly of sodomy as part of efforts to deflect attention against its own woes.

Anwar spoke out angrily after he lost his appeal for access to the government’s evidence against him in the sodomy trial, which is due to start this Tuesday and could see him jailed for 20 years.

“I’m shocked with the (government’s) impunity to go on with such a case despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” Anwar told AFP on a short trip to the Philippines.

Anwar accused Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of orchestrating efforts to have him convicted of sodomy, and said he feared the court could buckle under pressure from the government.

Asked if he thought he would win the case, Anwar said: “Yes, assuming the court agrees… to look at facts and the law. I’m confident of the facts.