KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 – The final hearing of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his sodomy conviction enters its fourth day at the Federal Court here, today after it was adjourned yesterday. Today is the prosecution team’s turn to present their submissions, lead by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, after the defence team stood down on Thursday afternoon following submissions on DNA evidence by lawyer Ramkarpal Singh.
Muhammad Shafee will touch on various aspects of the case based on facts that had been presented. He will only argue issues raised by the defence team involving DNA and other technical details on Monday. Yesterday, Muhammad Shafee had requested for the case to be adjourned to the following day to allow the prosecution team more time to prepare their submissions. The defence team had submitted their written submissions late to the prosecution team yesterday.
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria is leading a five-member panel comprising Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali. Anwar is represented by a team of 14 lawyers led by Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who is a former Federal Court judge himself.
The other 13 lawyers are Ramkarpal Singh Deo, Sangeet Kaur Deo, N. Surendran, R. Sivarasa, J. Leela, Latheefa Koya, Lim Choon Khim, Eric Paulsen, Michelle Yesudas, Shahid Adli Kamaruddin, Zaleha Al-Hayat, Jeremy Vinesh Anthony and Mohamed Aliff Bolkin. A senior lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, is leading the prosecution team in the appeal. He is assisted by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria.
Anwar, 67, was charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code after the Court of Appeal on March 7 this year, found him guilty of having sodomised his now 27-year-old former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. The offence was allegedly committed at Unit 11-5-1, Kondominium Desa Damansara, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008. The charge carries a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.