Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Anwar's Case Postponed to Sept 24, Sept 16 (or Sept 20?) Takeover 'Still On Track'

Anwar's sodomy case postponed to Sept 24 (update 4)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur sessions court on Wednesday postponed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case to Sept 24 to allow the prosecution and defence time to prepare arguments on transferring the case to the High Court.

The prosecution had applied for the case to be transferred to the high court. Anwar's lawyers objected to the transfer.

Earlier Wednesday, there was heavy police presence outside the Jalan Duta court complex here in anticipation of the expected crowd.

Several truckloads of FRU personnel were deployed in addition to armed uniformed policemen.

Anwar arrived at the court complex at 9.30am in a black Mazda MPV.

He was accompanied by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, daughter and lawyer Sankara Nair.

Speaking to reporters, Anwar said: "I'm not sure what will happen in court today. I hope bail would not be withheld. There is no basis for the charge in the first place so why talk about the bail?"

His lawyer Sankara said: "If the DPP wants to deny Anwar bail, they'll have to apply and we will respond. The same goes for transferring the case to another court."

Commenting on the Sept 16 deadline for the opposition to form a new government, Anwar said, "Is Sept 16 on track? Very much so. We will comment on that issue in the next one or two days. Next trip, Taipei!"

The PKR adviser was charged on Aug 7 with sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He pleaded not guilty.

He is accused of committing the offence at Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26.

If convicted, he can be jailed up to 20 years and whipped for voluntarily committing unnatural sex under Section 377B of the Penal Code.

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