A desperate Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team will try to at least secure a ‘house arrest’ for the jailed PKR de facto leader if efforts to reverse his sodomy conviction failed.
The Weekend Australian quoted US lawyer Kimberly Motley as saying that lawyers would highlight the lack of DNA evidence and inconsistency of alleged sodomy victim Saiful Anwar Bukhari’s testimony in next month’s October 12 legal review.
The review will be the last legal recourse to overturn Anwar’s conviction.
With those two points, Motley believes Anwar had a strong enough case to quash his conviction last year.
“Of course we want to get him released, period, and are going for an acquittal. If that doesn’t work we will try for house detention which is allowed under Malaysian law,” said Motley.
She expressed confidence that Anwar was innocent, claiming the investigation and prosecution to the Sodomy II case were “riddled with problems”, particularly on the allegations of evidence tampering by police.
“Why would a senior police — officer tamper with evidence? He was instructed to refrigerate it. Instead he opened it and stuck it in his filing cabinet for several days.
“There is no evidence of anything that convicts. I don’t know of any court where this would have led to a conviction,” she was quoted as saying by The Weekend Australian.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy after on Feb 10, 2015, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision to convict him in March 2014.
Motley told The Weekend Australian that Anwar appeared tired when she met him in the Sungai Buloh prison but remains resolved.
“He’s trying to keep his spirits up. He is obviously preparing for (the review) but he’s not necessarily expecting a victory,” she said.
“Every single step of the way has been a fight. There’s a lot of intimidation going on.