PUTRAJAYA: Supporters of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan gathered in front of the Palace of Justice, here, today.
They were there as the Federal Court was hearing Anwar’s final appeal to setÂ aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail sentence imposed by the Court ofÂ Appeal on March 7 this year after it had overturned a High Court decision toÂ acquit Anwar.
Both sides had about 50 supporters each and police separated them by puttingÂ up a barricade to avoid any untoward incident.
Both groups held placards and banners, while some were reading the Yasin.
At today’s proceeding, the defence was replying to the prosecution’sÂ submission.
The Court of Appeal had found Anwar, 67, guilty of having sodomised MohdÂ Saiful, 27, at Unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium in JalanÂ Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The defence is seeking to free the opposition leader from the sodomyÂ conviction while the prosecution wants the Federal Court to dismiss Anwar’sÂ appeal to overturn his conviction and jail sentence.-BERNAMA