Court dismisses Anwar’s application to challenge prison’s order

 |Mar 10, 2017
Kuala Lumpur High Court dismissed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s application to challenge the prison director’s order.

Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim failed in his bid to challenge Sungai Buloh Prison director’s order in Kuala Lumpur High Court for not allowing his family members to have physical contacts with him during their visits.

Judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad when meting out the judgment today said, a prisoner was subjected to orders and regulations by the prisons director-general and the court could not interfere in the decision-making process of the department.

“The decision by the prison authority in not allowing physical contact during visits is not something that is not rational, invalid and against procedures.

“It was not necessary for the prison authorities to give any reason for rejecting Anwar’s application,” she said.

Nik Hasmat pointed out that the applicant (Anwar) was a convict, thus subjected to all orders and regulations set by the prisons director-general.

She also ordered Anwar to pay costs of RM1,000 to the three respondents, comprising Sungai Buloh Prison’s director,  prisons commissioner-general and home minister.

Anwar sought an order to revoke a decision made on March 14, 2016, by the Sungai Buloh prison director in not allowing him to have physical contact with family members during their visits to the prison.

He claimed that during the visits, they were separated by a glass screen and could only speak with each other through the telephone.

Lawyer N. Surendran, representing Anwar and his family, told newsmen that they would appeal against today’s decision.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year prison sentence after being found guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.