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Anwar Sodomy Hearing: Less People Seen Gathering On Third Day

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PUTRAJAYA: With the hearing of PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal entering its third day today, the heat seems to have cooled off with less people gathering at the Palace of Justice.

Except for the presence of media members and police personnel, there were less than 50 people, compared with almost 400 who had gathered in front of the building yesterday to show their support to the Opposition leader.

Anwar was also not seen going to meet supporters as he normally would before entering the court building.

Meanwhile, areas along the side of the Palace of Justice has been cordoned with yellow tapes to prevent traders from operating their business there.

A notice has also been put up to warn traders that action would be taken against them if they continued to operate in the area.

Yesterday, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat warned traders operating food and beverage stalls without PPj’s permission in the area to leave the premise or face action by the authorities.

Today is the third day of the hearing of Anwar’s appeal against his sodomy conviction by the Appeals Court.

The Appeals Court had found Anwar guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, his former aide, at a condominium unit in Bukit Damasara here on June 26, 2008.

The prosecution had appealed to the Appeals Court after the High Court acquitted Anwar on the sodomy charge after the defence’s case. –BERNAMA

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