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Anwar Appeal: Proceeding Likely Until Friday, Verdict Later

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PUTRAJAYA – Senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is heading the prosecution team in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal case, is expected to make his submission tomorrow, and the proceeding is likely to continue to Friday.

The Apex Court is expected to fix another date to deliver its verdict before the five-man bench headed by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria (pic).

On Jan 9, 2012, the High Court acquitted and discharged Anwar of having sodomised Mohd Saiful, 27, on grounds that the court could not be 100 per cent certain on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from Mohd Saiful.

The court had ruled that the samples could have been compromised before they reached the Chemistry Department for analysis.

However, on March 7 this year, the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court decision and found Anwar guilty of having sodomised Mohd Saiful.

The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge had erred in his findings about the samples which were based on the evidence of two expert witnesses called by the defence.

Anwar was sentenced to five years’ jail for the offence, having been charged with committing it at Unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008. – Bernama

The charge, under Section 377B of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping, upon conviction. – MyNewsHub/Bernama

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