That is how long it took for Attorney General to appeal against High Court decision to acquit Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim for second time of sodomy charges, this time against the latter’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukahri Azlan.
Published: Tuesday July 10, 2012 MYT 3:05:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 10, 2012 MYT 3:13:37 PM
Sodomy II: AG appeals against Anwar’s acquittal
KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed a petition of appeal at the Court of Appeal Registry against the acquittal and discharge of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
A senior deputy public prosecutor confirmed on Tuesday the petition was filed on Monday.
It is learnt that no date was set by the court to hear the appeal.
Last Monday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court had served the appeal records, including an 80-page written judgement, to facilitate the prosecution in filing the petition.
In his written judgment, the trial judge, Justice Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, had ruled that the court could not be 100% certain on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from the complainant (Mohd Saiful Bukhari).
He said the samples could have been compromised before they reached the Chemistry Department for analysis.
Therefore, Mohamad Zabidin said, it was not safe for the court to rely on the DNA results obtained by chemist Dr Seah Lee Hong from the analysis conducted on the samples.
On Jan 20, the AGC had filed a notice of appeal against Anwar’s acquittal from the sodomy charge.
The notice, which was signed by Solicitor-General Datuk Idrus Harun, was filed at the Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court registry.
On Jan 9, High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had acquitted and discharged Anwar, who had been charged with sodomising Saiful at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara here between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
Anwar, 65, was charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code which carries a sentence of up to 20 years’ jail and whipping, upon conviction. -Bernama
The trial judge Mohd. Zabiden Mohd. Diah only took less than ten minutes to deliver his verdict on the case which was postponed 30 times.
Published: Monday January 9, 2012 MYT 6:49:00 AM
Updated: Monday January 9, 2012 MYT 1:24:51 PM
Sodomy II: Anwar acquitted
Three explosions heard at car park, police investigating: KL CPO
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday acquitted and discharged Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah said that after going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain the integrity of the DNA samples was not compromised.
He said as such, the court was left only with Saiful’s testimony, which was uncorroborated, and was reluctant to convict based entirely on this.
These are the live updates by The Star team at the Jalan Duta court complex:
11.30am: Crowd has dispersed save for a few stragglers waiting for police to open roads.
11am: Ceramah at Masjid Wilayah called off after multiple explosions heard in the area.
Police, using a loudhailer, are urging the crowds to disperse for safety reasons. Crowd slowly disperses and leaves the court complex area.
Sniffer dogs have been employed by police at the scene of the first two blasts.
Karpal Singh on Anwar’s acquittal: “This is a decision based on merit. Should not be appealed. Very good win for Anwar.”The 4WD vehicle, which was damaged, after a traffic cone exploded at the car park
10.50am: Police have received reports of a third explosion. They have cordoned off the site with police tape.
10.35pm: Kuala Lumpur CPO DCP Mohamad Salleh says police are investigating two explosions at the car park about 400m from court complex. The bomb squad and forensics team are at the scene.
10.30am: Mohd Saiful has tweeted that he remains calm over the verdict.
Thousands of supporters have filled out the road in front of the government complex near the court house. A slew of PKR junior leaders are giving speeches now. The supporters have to be content with sitting on the road as police have barred entry into Masjid Wilayah, where Anwar and other Pakatan leaders are meeting supporters who made it in.
Anwar earlier addressed crowd at the car park. He hailed his acquittal and urged the crowd to disperse peacefully.
10.10am: Anwar is heading towards the mosque, where he will be addressing his supporters.Anwar acknowledges the crowd at the court complex
10.05am: Anwar leaving the court complex amidst a sea of supporters who are cheering him on. He thanks Wan Azizah for standing by him and credits Karpal Singh as the intelligent defence counsel.
10am: Anwar supporters have formed a long human chain to give him and other Pakatan leaders unimpeded access to the mosque. Traffic is smooth for now, hardly any cars. Part of the crowd has moved off to the mosque or gone home, but still many in front of the court house to greet Anwar.
PKS deputy president Azmin Ali: “We are grateful the court has set Anwar free. It proves that at the end of the day, truth will prevail. Since the first day, we are confident Anwar is not guilty.”
9.40am: PKR Youth wing members and other supporters waiting for Anwar to emerge from the court house, and are most likely going to escort him to Masjid Wilayah.
Other supporters assemble and sit in front of the complex main gate to cheer and celebrate Anwar’s acquittal.
It is said that part of the delay was about the written judgment which took sometime to complete and only recently made available.
The judgment made by High Court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah six months ago surprised many, which include the accused and the foreign media which have been supporting him. The Opposition even had their supporters ready to start a wild street demonstration when the judge issue his judgment because they had anticipated that the former abuse-of-power convict was to get the incarceration order.
Since the original DPP for the case Dato’ Yusof Zainal Abiden has already retired, the Solicitor General Dato’ Idrus Harun would act on behalf of the public prosector in this appeal case.
For the record, it has been slightly over four years since Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan made the police report of being sodomized by Anwar. Complaint by Saiful brought Anwar to face criminal charges for sodomy on 3 Feb 2010. Many believed that like the first sodomy case, Anwar did it again this time around. However, just under two years after he was formally charged, Justice Zabidin acquitted Anwar on 9 Jan 2012.