Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Court extends hearing for Anwar’s appeal until Thursday

Published: 28 October 2014
Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah says he expects a reserved judgment in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomy appeal because of the lengthy submission and huge volume of paperwork. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.

Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah says he expects a reserved judgment in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomy appeal because of the lengthy submission and huge volume of paperwork. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.
The Federal Court has extended the hearing for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy appeal from two to three days because of the volume of submissions by the defence.
The hearing, which began today, would now continue until Thursday, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said, before adjourning the court for a mid-day break.
Anwar's lead counsel, retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, had spent the morning making submissions to show that sodomy complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 29, was not a credible witness.
Besides Sri Ram, other lawyers who will be submitting for Anwar are Ramkarpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur Deo and N. Surendran.
The prosecution, led by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, will submit after submissions from the defence, and this will be followed by final arguments by both sides before the hearing ends.
Shafee told reporters during the court's recess that he expected a reserved judgment because of lengthy submission and amount of paperwork to go through.
"We are listening to their submissions. It is something expected, so we have the answers.
"The court will extend one more day as indicated to Thursday, and possibly even Friday," Shafee said outside the courtroom.
A five-member bench is hearing Anwar's appeal, led by Arifin. Others on the bench are Tan Sri Raus Sharif, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali.
Anwar's defence team is led by Sri Ram and comprises of 14 lawyers.
In January 2012, the High Court, following a lengthy trial, acquitted Anwar of the charge after calling for his defence. He was charged with sodomising Saiful at an apartment in Damansara on June 26, 2008.
Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years' jail by the appellate court but has obtained stay of execution pending the outcome of his appeal in the Federal Court.
Sri Ram had earlier submitted on the trial's mishandling of evidence and the inconsistencies in Saiful's testimony.
Anwar had told reporters waiting outside the court earlier that he was optimistic about an acquittal based on facts and the law.
"I‎ am confident only if there was without political interference," he said when he emerged from the courtroom during a break. – October 28, 2014.
* Report contributed by Tarani Palani, The Edge Financial Daily.
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