Anwar seeks order to free him, again

Apr 17, 2017
Despite being found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, Anwar still claims he did not sodomise Saiful.

Former Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has sought a court order to declare his sodomy conviction as null and void.

In a new four-page statement of claim filed today as part of his suit against the government, Anwar has also sought a court order for his immediate release.

Anwar claims that he was found guilty of sodomy based on evidence obtained through perjured evidence and testimony hence his conviction was obtained by way of fraud.

His counsel N. Surendran said that under Section 44 of the Evidence Act 1950 if a conviction was obtained by fraud, it can be subsequently set aside.

On March 27, 2014, Anwar, now 61, and imprisoned at the Sungai Buloh Prison, was convicted by the Court of Appeal of committing unnatural carnal intercourse against his former employee Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

He was found guilty of committing the offence at Unit 11-5-1 of Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

He is currently serving a five-year jail term after losing his appeal at the Federal Court on February 10, 2015, to set aside his conviction.

The Federal Court, on December 14 last year, also dismissed Anwar’s application to review its previous decision.