The Federal Court today will pronounce its verdict on Anwar Ibrahim’s final bid to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year sentence for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
The court is scheduled to deliver the decision at 9 am, on Anwar’s review application seeking the court to invoke Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and review the decision of the five-member previous panel led by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria.
Alternatively, he wants the Federal Court to re-hear his appeal on its merits.
On Oct 12, a five-man bench of the Federal Court led by Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin reserved judgment to a date to be fixed after hearing submissions from Anwar’s lawyer Gopal Sri Ram and Attorney-General Chambers, Trials and Appellate Division head Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid who led the prosecution team.
The others on the panel are Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum and Federal Court Judges Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin and Zaharah Ibrahim.
Anwar, 69, is serving a five-year jail term in Sungai Buloh Prison after the Federal Court on Feb 10, 2015, upheld his conviction and sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014.
He has been in jail for almost one year and 10 months.
If Anwar’s review application is successful, he will be released from prison as there will be no conviction and he will be able to contest in the 14th General Election due in June 2018.
On Jan 9, 2012, the High Court acquitted and discharged Anwar of the sodomy charge.
However, the court of Appeal overturned the ruling and convicted Anwar after allowing the prosecution appeal.
Anwar was alleged to have committed the offence at Unit 11-5-1 of Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.– Bernama