Federal court reserves judgment in Anwar’s Sodomy II review

 |Oct 12, 2016
The Apex court reserves Anwar's Sodomy II review decision.
The Apex court reserves Anwar’s Sodomy II review decision.

Federal court Judge Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin has reserved its judgment in the Anwar’s Sodomy II judicial review application heard today at Putrajaya.

The apex judges will reconvene at another date to pass its decision.

Anwar’s lead counsel Gopal Sri Ram highlighted in the court that the principle of natural justice and to having a different panel is imminent.

Earlier, Anwar had made an application that a total of 13 judges should not take part in today’s hearing.

On top of that Sri Ram also touched on the KY gel, carpet not found at the scene but adjacent room among the pursuant points to the review.

Sri Ram even pin points on the sample retrieved from Saiful Bukhari after 56 hours of the incident.

Political conspiracy was the final point raised by Sri Ram.

He said that independent prosecutor Shafie Abdullah was a close figure with Umno circles and accused that Shafie has met with Saiful with the arrangement of Umno politician.

Sri Ram in corroborating the political conspiracy attests that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a media statement which proves a personal interest in the case.

The road shows held by Shafie after the Sodomy II verdict also received brickbats from Sri Ram and added as political conspiring points.

After lunch the court resumed, DPP Ahmad Kamal wrapped up by defending that Shafie attended the roadshows and spoke based on the evidence revealed in the court.

On the PMO media statement, Ahmad Kamal said it was done to clear the air and not to give wrong impression.

Ahmad Kamal submits that the court should not adopt a liberal approach on Rule 137 as practiced in India.

He added that the case authorities cited by the applicant are for matters on appeal and are not applicable for the purpose of a review.

In his closing remarks, Sri Ram replied if the Federal Court had violated the rules of natural justice, a review must be allowed touching on the procedural fairness.

The Federal Court had, on Feb 10, last year upheld Anwar’s conviction and his five-year jail term for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31, at Desa Damansara Condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

The bench that heard the review comprises Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum.

The other three judges are Federal Court judges Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin and Zaharah Ibrahim.

The prosecution team is led by the AGC’s trial and appellate division head Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid along with Awang Armadaya Awang Mahmud (deputy head of appeals division) Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abd Rahman and Wan Shaharuddin Wan Laden.

Anwar’s defence team lead by former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram accompanied by Sangeet Kaur, N Surendran, Sivarasa Rasiah, Latheefa Koya, Melissa Sasidaran and Shahid Adli Kamaruddin.