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Chronology of Anwar Ibrahim's tumultuous career

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted on Monday in a sodomy trial he had denounced as a politically motivated fabrication, the latest twist in the 64-year-old's turbulent life.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2012 09:00 IST

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted on Monday in a sodomy trial he had denounced as a politically motivated fabrication, the latest twist in the 64-year-old's turbulent life.





Following is a chronology of key events in Anwar's career:



1998


-- September: After a meteoric rise up the ranks of Malaysia's ruling party, deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is sacked following a power struggle with his boss Mahathir Mohamad and hit with charges of sodomy and corruption that he denounces as false.



1999


-- April: Found guilty of corruption and sentenced to six years in jail.



2000

-- August: Found guilty of sodomy and sentenced to nine years in prison.



2004


-- September: Released after Malaysia's highest court overturns the sodomy conviction.



2008

-- March: Leads a resurgent opposition to stunning breakthrough in general elections, seizing five states and a third of parliamentary seats. Beleaguered Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says later he will hand over power to his deputy Najib Razak in mid-2010.



-- April: A ban on holding public office, which was related to his corruption conviction, expires.



-- June: Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old volunteer at his office, lodges a police report claiming Anwar sodomised him.



-- July 31: Anwar announces he will contest parliamentary by-election in his home state of Penang after his wife resigns from the seat to make way for him.



-- August 7: Anwar is charged with sodomy, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years' imprisonment.



-- August 28: Two days after winning a landslide by-election victory, Anwar is sworn in to parliament and declared leader of the opposition.



2010


-- February 1: After numerous delays, Anwar's new sodomy trial begins.



2011

-- July 9: Anwar suffers a bruise on his head and a cut on his leg after police fire tear gas at protesters demanding election reforms.



-- August 22: Opening his defence, Anwar gives a statement from the dock rejecting the sodomy charges against him as a government fabrication aimed at sending him to "political oblivion".



2012


-- January 3-8: Anwar tours several states across the country in a last-ditch bid for public support, reassert his innocence and reject the sodomy charge as false.



-- January 9: Anwar pronounced not guilty by a Kuala Lumpur judge. Declaring "justice has been served", Anwar vows to topple Prime Minister Najib's ruling coalition in the next elections due by March 2013.