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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Confession Retracted

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The adopted brother of Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday that police sexually taunted and abused him until he falsely accused the former finance minister of sodomy. Sukma Darmawan is accused with Anwar of having sodomized the Anwar family's former driver. The charges carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in jail and whipping.

Sukma made the statement to the capital's High Court after having been called as a witness by the defense, which is seeking to block his controversial confession as evidence in the trial. Sukma was arrested in September, and later pleaded guilty to having had sex with Anwar. He was sentenced to six months in jail and has appealed his conviction. Anwar is currently serving a six-year jail term for corruption.