Malaysian opposition leader Anwar says he expects to lose appeal, go to jail on sodomy charge

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he expects Malaysia's top court will dismiss his final appeal against a sodomy conviction next week and that he will be sent to prison.

Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male aide after the appeals court overturned an earlier acquittal. The Federal Court will hear his appeal Oct. 28-29.

Anwar says it was a "foregone conclusion that there will be a conviction unless there is a miracle".

He previously was imprisoned for six years after being ousted as deputy prime minister in 1998, on earlier charges of sodomy and abuse of power.

The 67-year-old Anwar is the most potent threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose popular support has weakened over the last two elections.