Monday, January 9, 2012

Anwar Acquitted

In a surprise end, the High Court today acquitted Anwar Ibrahim of a charge of sodomising his former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan after a two-year trial. Judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled that the prosecution had not done enough to prove Anwar had committed sodomy against Saiful and the judge even saying that DNA samples could have been compromised. I use the word "surprise" because everything points to a "political" decision and this acquittal won't be the end of Anwar's troubles with the judiciary.

Still, I am glad to hear this news – Anwar has suffered enough! But whichever way the verdict goes, UMNO-BN is bound to lose. If Anwar is found guilty and jailed, he will become a rallying point in the fight for human rights. If he is freed, he will be able to galvanize the opposition to defeat UMNO-BN. Anwar is now to be feared.

Anthony Stokes' hat-trick ensured that Celtic progressed to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at the expense of hard-working Peterhead – the former won 3-0.

Stokes tapped in when strike partner Georgios Samaras set him up in front of goal after 36 minutes. He then fired his second on the turn after 57 minutes and drilled the third (82) to finish off Parkhead who are sitting second-bottom of Division Three.

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