KUALA LUMPUR: At least two people were injured in three explosions near Kuala Lumpur High Court Monday, shortly after opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim was found not guilty in the sodomy case.
The explosions occurred near the Kuala Lumpur High Court, where a judge acquitted Anwar of sodomy charge for lack of sufficient evidence, capping a nearly two-year trial, Xinhua reported.
The 64-year-old was charged with sodomising his 26-year-old former assistant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at a condominium unit in Kuala Lumpur in June 2008.
Delivering the verdict, Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah said the evidence was compromised and the container supposedly holding Anwar's DNA was disputable.
The court could not convict Anwar based on uncorroborated evidence in a criminal offence, the judge added.
Thousands of people rallied outside the court to show support for Anwar Ibrahim ahead of the verdict. They raised slogans and held pro-Anwar placards as the opposition leader arrived at the court, accompanied by his family, including his wife and six children.
Reacting over the verdict, Anwar said: "I am grateful for the verdict."
"However, it is too early to celebrate because the prosecution may appeal the decision. Nonetheless, I will fight on against the injustice and the system that suppresses the people," he added.
The trial had started Feb 3, 2010, and Anwar repeatedly said that the charge had been set up to devastate his political career.
Prime Minister Najib Razak denied the claims.