Guilty? Not guilty.
The High Court delivered its not guilty verdict in the second sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday,
January 9. A conviction would have effectively barred him from the general election expected this year.
The following is a chronology of the major events in the trial:
June 29, 2008: Saiful Bukhary Azlan, a 23-year-old male aide to Anwar, lodges a police report saying that his employer sodomised him. Anwar responds with a denial and later a lawsuit of his own.
July 16, 2008: Police arrest Anwar, detain him overnight, and release him on bail of 10,000 ringgit (3,150 dollars) the next day.
August 7, 2008: Anwar pleads not guilty to the charge of 'carnal intercourse against the order of nature' with his former aide.
August 26, 2008: Anwar is re-elected to Parliament and takes formal leadership of the opposition coalition.
February 3, 2010: After several lengthy delays, the case opens in the High Court. Anwar maintains the charges are a political manoeuvre against his increasingly popular opposition alliance.
August 2, 2010: The defence moves to have the charges dropped amid rumours of a sexual relationship between Saiful and a female deputy prosecutor. The woman is removed from the prosecution team.
December 12, 2010: Leaked diplomatic cables quote Australian and Singapore intelligence agencies as saying Anwar was probably set up.
March 23, 2011: The court overturns an earlier decision to allow the use of DNA samples obtained from Anwar's personal effects without consent while he was in prison, and which the prosecution said matched semen found on the alleged victim.
March 24, 2011: The prosecution presents its closing arguments.
April, 2011: A video is released featuring a man resembling Anwar having sex with a woman who appears to be a prostitute. Anwar is questioned by police but dismisses the tape as another smear.
May 16, 2011: The court rules that Saiful is a credible prosecution witness, and not discredited by the alleged affair with a member of his legal team. Anwar is ordered to enter his defence.
June 6, 2011: The court dismisses for the third time Anwar's request to have the judge disqualified for biased handling of the case.
August 22, 2011: Anwar gives his testimony in court, and reiterates his not-guilty plea, calling the allegation a 'blatant and vicious lie.'
October 6, 2011: The High Court rules that Prime Minister Najib Razak cannot be called as a witness. The defence had asked for Najib to take the stand, accusing him of being behind the charges. Defence lawyers had interviewed Najib and his wife in August.
January 9, 2012: Not guilty verdict by the High Court.