Malaysian opposition leader Anwar fails in another attempt to recuse judge

09:11, July 07, 2011      

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Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim failed in his third attempt to recuse the judge who presides over his sodomy trial, after his appeal was dismissed on Wednesday.

His defence lawyer, Karpal Singh said Anwar would appeal to the Federal Court.

Anwar is charged with sodomizing his former assistant Mohammad Saiful at a condominium unit in Kuala Lumpur in June 2008 -- a crime that could see him whipped and jailed for 20 years.

He had accused the judge of "prejudging" the trial and biased in his ruling on May 16 in proving the Sodomy charges against Anwar on a prima facie level, after he found the accuser "credible. "

Following Wednesday's ruling, Anwar sought for the trial to stay pending the outcome of the appeal in the federal court but it was denied. The trial resumes on July 13.

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