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March 20, 2018

New Theory with Pictures About Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and Also Downed Flight 117











 There are Youtube videos and other pictures to fill a book about the dissapearence of this plane with ideas of how it happened or where it might be. But Iam only publishing what can be corraborated. If its a theory it will say so not passed as truth.  This is a theory but it happens to have so much information coming from responsible sources that I,(Adam) decided to have it published. We covered this story extensibly in 2014 because this is never happened before in modern times in which a new Boeing jetliner would just dissapear after being followed by radar, satellite and radio communication to about when the fuel would have been consumed. Those things just don't happen.
The plane explodes or falls from the sky, it doesnt just keep flying , makes turns,
about faces, totally changing the coarse. The worse part is the pain the families and friends are going thru just not knowing what happened to their love ones.
So if there is new information we feel we a need to keep this story alive
because we believe all secrets come with an expiration date.

[New Zealand Herald, By: Kate Schneider]

It's the mystery that still has the world holding its breath - just what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370?
Now, an Australian mechanical engineer claims to have tracked it down near Mauritius, and says the public is being kept in the dark by authorities.
Peter McMahon, who has reportedly worked in crash investigations for more than 25 years, has been hunting for MH370 ever since it disappeared in 2014.
McMahon, 64, says he has finally found what he believes is the jet using NASA and Google Earth images and has pinpointed its location to 16 kilometres south of Round Island, north of Mauritius.

It's an area that's not yet been searched by investigators.
In one of the images, the outline of part of an aircraft is visible just below the surface of the water, the UK's Daily Star reports.
In another, what appears to be a piece of the front cabin can be seen south of Rodrigues Island, also close by.
He claims to have sent his evidence over to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB), which has confirmed it could in fact be the missing plane.
However he alleges that US officials refused to search the area and are hiding information.
"Four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370," he said. "They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from
 the public, even our government - but why?
"...(they) do not want it found as it's full of bullet holes, finding it will only
open another inquiry."
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar en route from Kuala Lumpur to ­Beijing on March 8, 2014. No distress signal or message was sent and all 239 passengers and crew on the Boeing 777 are presumed dead.
The aircraft is believed to have made a radical change of course less than an hour
 after it took off and crashed in the ocean off Western Australia six hours later.
news.com.au has contacted the ATSB.




The outline of part of an aircraft is visible just below the surface of the water. Photo / Supplied
The outline of part of an aircraft is visible just below the surface of the water. Photo / Supplied 



What appears to be a piece of the front cabin can be seen south of Rodrigues Island, also close by. Photo / Supplied
What appears to be a piece of the front cabin can be seen south of Rodrigues Island, also close by. Photo / Supplied
In other News about a downed jet liner we have news about the pilot who Russsia blmed for firing a missile at a unarmed commercial passenger airline Flight No 117:

 Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn, 2016 photoImage caption
Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn, 2016 photo
Image captionCapt Voloshyn pictured at Mykolaiv airbase in 2016

 Capt Voloshyn pictured at Mykolaiv airbase in 2016 [BBC]
A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people.
Reports say Voloshyn shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea.Ukraine described him as a war hero.
He had flown 33 combat missions in a low-flying Su-25 ground attack jet against Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and had been granted a medal for bravery.
Recently the 29-year-old had been in charge of the Mykolaiv airport, after resigning from the air force. The southern city near Odessa is called Nikolayev by Russian speakers.
A statement from Mykolaiv police on Facebook (in Ukrainian) described Voloshyn's death as "suicide", but it is being investigated under the "premeditated murder" section of Ukraine's penal code.
A military service pistol was found at the scene and is now being examinedby experts.Why is the MH17 disaster controversial?
MH17 debrisImage copyrightREUTERS 
MH17 debris 
Image captionDebris from MH17 at the crash site on 17 July 2014
REUTERS Debris from MH17 at the crash site on 17 July 2014
The airliner, with 298 passengers and crew, was shot down on 17 July 2014 over war-torn eastern Ukraine. More than two-thirds of the passengers were Dutch, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
After pro-Russian rebels launched their insurgency in April 2014 several Ukrainian jets were shot down by them, yet many international airlines continued flying over the conflict zone. MH17's high-altitude flight path was thought to be safe, despite warnings about the rebels' missile capability.
Russian officials not only alleged that Voloshyn's plane had shot down MH17. According to another Russian theory, it was a Ukrainian military Buk missile - no longer in service in Russia - that downed the airliner.
Independent experts - besides the Dutch-led team - rejected the Russian claims, saying the evidence pointed to a Buk fired by pro-Russian rebels or a Russian military unit. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) wants to put the suspects on trial in the Netherlands, but that is fraught with legal difficulties.
Ukrainian and US intelligence sources said the Buk system had been sent into rebel territory by Russia, then moved out again. Family members quoted by Ukrainian media said he had been feeling depressed. They were in the flat when he shot himself on Sunday and his wife heard the shot.An ambulance was called but he died in hospital.
A Ukrainian journalist who knew Voloshyn well, Yuriy Butusov, praised him on Facebook (in Russian) as an exemplary pilot who had fought bravely against the Russian-backed rebels in the Donbass region.
Butusov expressed bewilderment over Voloshyn's death."Dear Vlad, how can this be?! Why?!" he wrote.
"He didn't let himself break down, he wasn't depressed at all - he always acted as an exemplary officer."
According to Butusov, Voloshyn had bombed Russian paratroops during the battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014, one of the bloodiest in the Donbass conflict. More than 300 Ukrainian soldiers died in the fighting there.
Voloshyn was shot down but ejected from his Su-25, and reached Ukrainian lines despite severe injuries, Butusov said.
"I didn't hear him speak of any enemies or unresolved problems," he wrote, adding that Voloshyn was happily married and adored his wife, his little boy and two-year-old girl.
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February 13, 2018

Newspaper In Malaysia Published Checklist How to Spot a Gay or Lesbian






A leading newspaper in Malaysia has published a guide on how to identify gay and lesbian people, drawing criticism from activists who say the checklist puts lives at risk.

The article, featured in the daily newspaper Sinar Harian, features bullets points highlighting qualities that are supposedly common in gay and lesbian people, the MailOnline reported.

It suggests that gay men can be spotted by their beard and love of the gym - not for exercise but to admire other men. The piece also picked out branded clothing as an indicator of homosexuality.
The guide on 'how to identify gay and lesbian people' has drawn sharp criticism. Photo / via Twitter
The guide on 'how to identify gay and lesbian people' has drawn sharp criticism. Photo / via Twitter

The guide on 'how to identify gay and lesbian people' has drawn sharp criticism. Photo / via Twitter
Gay men's eyes light up when they see handsome men, the story claimed. And lesbians, the newspaper said, tend to hug one another, hold hands and belittle men. 


Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and carries a sentence of up to 20 years under colonial-era sodomy laws.

Activitist and social media star Arwind Kumar lashed out at the article, arguing in a video that 'there are much more important issues in this country which need to be addressed'.

"If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a pedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others. How the hell does a gay person endanger your life?"

Kumar's video, uploaded to YouTube, has been viewed by more than 100,000 people. 



Kumar took the article's writers to task, mocking the idea that facial hair was an indicator of sexual preference.

"I know a lot of priests, I know a lot of [Islamic scholars], I know a lot of-of really, really religious people who love keeping beards. Are you trying to say they are gay? That's how stupid this is," he said.

The increasingly poor treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people in Malaysia is being driven in part by the increasing influence of conservative Islam, other critics said.

The Sinar Harian article was printed in conjunction with an interview with Hanafiah Malik, a preacher who said that there was an urgent need to stop the rise of homosexuality in Malaysia.

Homophobic rhetoric has also become commonplace in the country's government.

In March last year, Walt Disney pulled the release of its film Beauty and Beast from Malaysia after film censors deemed it could only be approved if a gay scene was cut.

A Malaysian health ministry youth video competition also called for entries on the topic of the prevention and consequences of being gay, lesbian or transgender.

It comes after a spate of recent deaths of people thought to be gay, lesbian and transgender.

Just last year an 18-year-old student was beaten then burned to death by his classmates who labeled him a "London" - an insulting term for a gay man.

A 27-year-old transgender woman called Sameera Krishnan was stabbed with a knife and shot three times while she worked at her florist shop a few months later.

Last year a Human Rights Watch report found discrimination against LGBT people was "pervasive" in Malaysia.

"If you ask someone not to be themselves that will have an adverse impact on the health and-well being of the person," said Thilaga Sulathireh, co-founder of transgender activist group Justice for Sisters.

There are no official figures on transgenders in Malaysia, though a health ministry document estimated that the country was home to about 24,000 transgender sex workers as of 2014.

What does the list say are the signs someone is gay or lesbian?
It says, gay men...

• are dominant and like to wear tight clothes to show off their six packs
• love to have 'adoptive brothers'
• adore beards, mustaches and branded clothes

It says, lesbian women...

• Hate men and enjoy belittling them 
• Love to spend time by themselves
• Enjoy hugging one other and holding hands

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June 8, 2017

Malaysia's Health Ministry is Propagating Unhealthy and Untrue LGBT Myths






The Malaysian Ministry of Health, in its call for submissions to a National Creative Video Competition on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, has endorsed an erroneous and harmful theory that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities can be “prevented” or “controlled,” Human Rights Watch said today.



Jina, a 22-year-old transgender woman, sports a tattoo of a butterfly—a transgender symbol signifying transformation.

Jina, a 22-year-old transgender woman, sports a tattoo of a butterfly—a transgender symbol signifying transformation. The Malaysian Ministry of Health endorsed an erroneous and harmful theory that LGBT identities can be “prevented” or “controlled” in a 2017 National Creative Video Competition on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. 
 
© 2014 Javad Tizmaghz for Human Rights Watch

In a letter to Health Minister Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam, Human Rights Watch raised concerns that the competition – which proposes that young people submit original videos on topics including “gender dysphoria,” and that video submissions should address how to “prevent, control and seek help” for people who are “lesbian, gay, transgender (mak nyah), transvestite, [and] tomboy/pengkid” – promotes stigma and discrimination.
“By suggesting that LGBT people are second-class citizens whose very existence is viewed as a problem to be solved rather than an aspect of human diversity to be respected and nurtured, the Health Ministry undermines LGBT people’s rights to the highest attainable standard of health, and to equality and nondiscrimination,” said Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch.
Human Rights Watch pointed out in its letter that the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in 1990, and is now undertaking steps to remove gender dysphoria from a forthcoming revision of its list of mental disorders. Other United Nations agencies have denounced so-called conversion therapies focused on changing sexual orientation and gender identify as both unethical and harmful. According to the World Psychiatric Association, “There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and they can be potentially harmful. The provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.”
The competition’s guidelines also seem to suggest that “preventing” or “controlling” same-sex attraction or transgender identities would reduce the incidence of HIV infection. This flies in the face of guidancefrom global health agencies that homophobia and transphobia impaireffective HIV responses, and that rights-based, evidence-informed HIV prevention strategies are needed to tackle the pandemic.
“The Health Ministry also seems to suggest that LGBT people are responsible for the spread of HIV – when in fact it is stigma and discrimination that lead to increased prevalence,” Ghoshal said.
In its letter, Human Rights Watch highlighted the Pan American Health Organization’s exhortation to health professionals to do no harm: “While every expression of homophobia is regrettable, harms caused by health professionals as a result of ignorance, prejudice, or intolerance are absolutely unacceptable and must be avoided by all means. Not only is it fundamentally important that every person who uses health services be treated with dignity and respect; it is also critical to prevent the application of theories and models that view homosexuality as a ‘deviation’ or a choice that can be modified through ‘will power’ or supposed ‘therapeutic support.’” 

“By targeting young people in the proposed video competition, the Ministry of Health risks fostering self-hate and self-stigma among vulnerable LGBT youth,” Ghoshal said. “It also risks reinforcing biases that may be held by heterosexual and cisgender youth, potentially leading to increased homophobic and transphobic bullying and exclusion, affecting LGBT young people’s performance in school and even leading to drop-outs.”
Human Rights Watch calls upon the Ministry of Health to immediately issue a statement rescinding the “gender dysphoria” category from this video competition. The ministry should also clarify to the Malaysian public that sexual and gender diversity cannot be “prevented” or “controlled” and apologize to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people in Malaysia for the harm already done by circulating the call for submissions in its current form.

September 28, 2016

Investigation Shows Missile Downed Airliner Came from Russia





An investigation that implicated Russia in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was able to track the movements of a missile launcher thanks to photos and video clips from witnesses.
Investigators revealed social media posts aided their efforts to meticulously chart the surface-to-air missile system's path - concluding it was brought into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from Russia.
Prosecutors confirmed the plane with 298 people on board was shot down from the village of Pervomaysk by a Russian-made missile and the launcher was trucked back to Russia after the attack.
Reconstruction footage released by investigators contains witness photos and video that show the missile launcher traveling through the city of Donetsk and smaller towns towards the launch site. 

A spokesman had claimed: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment.
"The data are clear-cut...there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere."
Russian officials also tipped off the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) that the rural town of Zaroshchenske was a potential launch site – claiming it was controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.
mirror.co.uk/news/world


A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

The report confirmed multiple findings in the past of the cause of the crash of the Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch Central Crime Investigation Department, said communications intercepts showed pro-Russian separatists separatists had called for the missile to be deployed, and reported its arrival in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation has found. Video provided by AFP Newslook

“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said at a news conference, announcing the results of the two-year investigation.

Russia, which denied responsibility for the July 17, 2014, crash from the start, continued to do so Wednesday.

Initially, Russian officials suggested a Ukrainian fighter jet flying nearby could have shot down the airliner. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was “biased and politically motivated.”

The Russian military insisted Wednesday that no air defense missile systems have ever been sent from Russia to Ukraine. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed the investigation's conclusions were based on information from the internet and Ukrainian special services, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest findings are "another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

Eliot Higgins, founder of the open-source research group Bellingcat, whose early reports pointing at Russian involvement were verified by the Dutch report, said Russia has consistently issued false information about the crash "from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers."

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the plane. Russia also has denied supporting the separatists with arms and money, despite evidence to the contrary from foreign governments and news media.

Prosecutors from the Joint Investigation Team — made up of investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — told the relatives of those killed that they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, the BBC reported.

Robby Oehler, whose niece died in the crash, told the broadcaster: "They told us how the Buk was transported [and] how they came to that evidence from phone taps, photo, film material, video."

A separate investigation by the Dutch Safety Board concluded in October 2015 that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Eduard Basurin, from the Donetsk People's Republic rebel group, told the Interfax news agency: "We never had such air defense systems, nor the people who could operate them. Therefore we could not have shot down the Boeing.” 

In advance of the report's release, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia wanted "an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy."

"No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military — namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.

He added that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there. If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory — this is a matter of experts.”

, USA TODAY

June 29, 2015

Malaysian Muslims in US Celebrate Court Decision



                                                                           


KUALA LUMPUR,  A US-based Muslim group with a Malaysian chapter has commended the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalised same-sex marriage throughout America.
The Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), whose founder and president is a Malaysia-born named Ani Zonneveld, cited a “gender-neutral” verse in the Quran on marriage that read: “And among the signs of God is this: that God created for you spouses from among yourselves, that you may dwell in peace with them, and God has put love and mercy in your hearts, truly in this are the signs of God for those who reflect”.

“Our love for our LGBTQI siblings causes us to rejoice in today’s decision from the highest court of law in the United States, the US Supreme Court, recognizing and uplifting the constitutional mandate of equality,” MPV said in a statement yesterday, using the initials for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community.

“Muslims for Progressive Values recognises the worth of every human being as endowed by our creator. Seeking to enact justice through word and deed, MPV has worked to create inclusive spaces where LGBTQI Muslims could embrace both their faith and their sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” the Los Angeles-based group added.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday by a 5-to-4 vote to uphold the right to same-sex marriage throughout the US, where gay people could already get married in the majority of states before the historic decision.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was quoted by the media as writing in the majority opinion.

According to MPV’s website, MPV, which seeks to build a progressive Muslim community, has established communities in several countries, including Malaysia, and Australia.
The website also lists Zainah Anwar, co-founder of local Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam (SIS), as a member of MPV’s activist advisory board.

American religious scholar Dr Reza Aslan, who has criticized the Malaysian Court of Appeal’s decision to prohibit the Catholic Church from referring to God with the Arabic word “Allah”, is listed on MPV’s scholar advisory board.

Malaysia’s Islamic authorities and conservative Muslim groups have repeatedly condemned the gay and transgender community, with news website Gay Star News reporting in 2012 assaults on transsexuals in the country.

The Malaymailonline.com
The Malay Mail online

February 11, 2015

In Malaysia Top Judges send Opposing Contenders to jail for Sodomy


Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in 2011 (Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in 2011 (Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today.
On February 10, 2015, the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld a lower court ruling and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison for violating Malaysia’s sodomy law. The Malaysian authorities should exonerate Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, and the government should act to repeal section 377 of the penal code.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo courtesy of TheHoya.com)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo courtesy of TheHoya.com)
“Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government has persisted in its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at the expense of democratic freedoms and the rights to non-discrimination and privacy for all Malaysians,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Allowing this travesty of justice to stand will further undermine respect for rights and democracy in Malaysia.”
The decision of the Federal Court, Malaysia’s highest court, strips Anwar of his seat in the federal Parliament where he leads the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition. Malaysian election law provides that any person who is imprisoned for as little as one day or fined 2,000 ringgit (US$550) is forbidden from running for office for five years after release from prison. Many observers believe that the five-year ban from politics, when coupled with his prison sentence, means an effective end to Anwar’s political career.
Police arrested Anwar on July 16, 2008, based on a complaint from Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a political aide, that Anwar had consensual sex with him. Serious fair trial concerns arose throughout the original trial, including the prosecutors’ unwillingness to provide defense lawyers with access to medical and other evidence against their client. Nevertheless, the High Court acquitted Anwar on January 9, 2012, ruling that DNA samples that were central to the prosecution’s case had not been handled or maintained properly and thus were possibly contaminated. The High Court judge said the only other major evidence was the alleged victim’s statements, and those were uncorroborated.
Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Federal Court of Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Federal Court of Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The government appealed and on March 7, 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison. The appeal court hearing, originally scheduled for April, was hurriedly moved to March 6 and 7. In addition, the verdict and sentencing hearing were conducted on the same day despite defense counsel requests, which were denied, that they be given adequate time to prepare for mitigation, including provision of medical evidence. The sentencing hearing was conducted after a one-hour recess on a day of proceedings that had lasted until 5 p.m. The immediate result was that Anwar’s conviction disqualified him from running in the Kajang district state assembly election in Selangor on March 23. If Anwar had been permitted to run and won the seat, he would have been eligible to seek the position of chief minister of Selangor state, a development strongly opposed by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia: Anwar trials are "political vendetta." (Photo courtesy of ThailandTatler.com)
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia: Anwar trials are “political vendetta.” (Photo courtesy of ThailandTatler.com)
This is the fourth time Anwar has been charged under section 377 of the penal code, a law that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The article has been invoked only seven times since 1938, according to research by the Women’s Candidacy Initiative. The willingness of successive Malaysian governments to use the law repeatedly against one high-profile political opponent highlights the danger it poses so long as it remains on the books, Human Rights Watch said.
“By persisting in its political vendetta using section 377, the government is also denigrating Malaysia’s LGBT community,” Robertson said. “Using an archaic and discriminatory law in order to score political points shows Prime Minister Najib’s encouragement of intolerance under his rule.”

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Latest:
Malaysia's highest court has upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction on sodomy charges and his five-year prison sentence in a case he and his supporters have denounced as a fabrication.
The Federal Court's judgement on Tuesday upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal in March last year, which found the 67-year-old guilty of sodomising a former political aide.
Addressing the court, Anwar accused the panel of justices for taking part in a "political conspiracy" by Malaysia's ruling regime.
Hundreds of Anwar supporters, surrounded by dozens of police, gathered outside the court [AFP]
statement by the Malaysian government said on Tuesday: "The judges will have reached their verdict only after considering all the evidence in a balanced and objective manner. Malaysia has an independent judiciary, and there have been many rulings against senior government figures."
Hee Loy Sian, a fellow MP from Anwar's party, told Al Jazeera that the opposition People's Justice Party will meet in a few hours to decide on its next steps following the judgment.
"It is an injustice. There are some political influences. There is no independence of the judiciary. It is a black history for Malaysia. How can the leader of the opposition be jailed?"
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Anwar's lawyer Rasiah Sivarasa, said that the case was "politically motivated."
He claimed that Anwar's main accuser had met then deputy prime minister Najib Razak, now the country's leader, before filing the case against Anwar.   
'DNA evidence tainted' 
Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman, reporting from the city of Putrajaya, said Anwar's wife, who is also the president of the People's Justice Party, cried at the court and asked for a private moment with her husband following the announcement of the verdict.
Rahman said Anwar's lawyers had argued during the appeal hearing that DNA evidence against him was tainted, a claim rejected by the court.
Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia where the offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years.

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