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A-G’s Chambers appeals against Anwar’s acquittal

 | July 10, 2012

The prosecution team is satisfied that it has grounds to overturn the ruling.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers had filed a petition of appeal against the acquittal and discharge of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomising his ex-aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

A senior official at A-G’s Chambers confirmed the petition was filed after the prosecution team was satisfied that there were grounds in overturning the High Court’s decision.

However, the official declined to provide further details, saying that no date has been set by the court to hear the appeal.

Last week, the prosecution was served with 80-page written judgment of the trial judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah and other appeal records.

In his ruling, Mohamad Zabidin had stated that the court not be 100% certain on the integrity of the samples taken from the anus of Saiful at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for DNA testing two days after the alleged incident.

He did not rule out the possibility that the samples could have been compromised before they reached the chemists.

Zabidin concluded that it was not safe for the court to rely on the DNA results obtained by chemists in convicting Anwar for the alleged crime.

On Jan 9, Zabidin had acquitted and discharged Anwar of the charge of sodomising Saiful, 26, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara 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.


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