A Malaysian court has awarded former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim $1.2 million in libel damages from an author who wrote a book accusing him of sexual misconduct and treason.

Mr. Anwar's suit targeted Khalid Jafri, writer of 50 Reasons why Anwar Cannot be Prime Minister, which was published three months before Mr. Anwar was fired in September 1998 and subsequently convicted of corruption and sodomy charges.

Mr. Anwar served six years in prison before the sodomy conviction was overturned. He had completed the corruption sentence.

The high court Thursday ordered Mr. Khalid to pay damages for making a "vicious and venomous public attack" against Mr. Anwar.

Mr. Anwar told reporters the judgment shows that he has been completely vindicated. He has repeatedly denied all of Mr. Khalid's accusations.

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