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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sodomy II: Appeal dismissed, High Court to hear case

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has dismissed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against a transfer order to move his sodomy trial from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

Court of Appeal judge Justices Abdull Hamid Embong, Abu Samah Nordin and Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha delivered their ruling Thursday after hearing submissions from both parties on Wednesday.

In an immediate response outside the courtroom, Anwar said he was “disgusted” by the decision.

The case had originated in the Sessions Court before judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah last year but Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail later signed a certificate to transfer the case to the High Court. On Nov 7, Komathy ruled that the transfer certificate was invalid.

However, in an appeal on March 5, High Court Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled that the Sessions Court judge had erred, and ordered the case be moved.

On March 10, Sessions Court judge Rozana Ali Yusoff transferred the trial to the High Court.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court will hear on Friday Anwar’s application to compel the prosecution to provide him with documents and evidence relevant to preparing his defence for his sodomy trial, scheduled for July 8.

It will also hear Anwar’s application to strike out his sodomy charge on the same day.

Source: StarOnline

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