Top 10 International political scandals

4. Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been battling allegations of sodomy since a Malaysian court first sentenced him to prison in 2000, according to BBC.

Ibrahim became a strong critic of Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad after close ties with the leader early on in Ibrahim’s political career.

Ibrahim was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison in 1999 for corruption, and the following year he was sentenced to nine years for sodomy. Though the second conviction was overturned in 2004 and Ibrahim was released from prison, he was arrested again in 2008 in connection to the sodomy of a 25-year-old male aide, the Guardian reported.

Sodomy, even among consenting adults, is illegal in Malaysia.