Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against his conviction for a sex offence. Paul Chapman reports.
A five-member panel of judges at Malaysia's federal court threw out a final appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday. They said there was no merit in his application for a review of his conviction two years ago for sodomy. He now has to serve the remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence. His lawyer says he's waiting to see the written ruling before Anwar decides his next step. (SOUNDBITE)(English) N. SURENDREN, LAWYER FOR ANWAR IBRAHIM, SAYING: "As soon as we study the judgement we will announce our next course of action as soon as possible." Anwar was jailed on a charge that he sexully assaulted a former aide. He and his supporters maintain the case is politically motived to end his career.