PUTRAJAYA – The situation at the Palace of Justice here which has come under intense focus because of the court decision on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today, has generally been under control despite provocation from supporters of the opposition leader.
Putrajaya police chief ACP Abdul Razak Abdul Majid said there were no incidences of violence reported since early today and that the group (of Anwar supporters) disbanded at about 4 pm.
“Only one arrest was made under Section 186 of the Penal Code for preventing civil servants from carrying out their duties, and the person was brought to the the Putrajaya District Police Headquarters for further investigation,” he told reporters when met at the Palace of Justice premises.
Anwar today lost his final appeal to the Federal Court against his conviction by Court of Appeal’s of having sodomised his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, who led a five-man bench of the apex court, delivered the judgment and upheld the five-year jail sentence imposed on him (Anwar) by the Appeals Court.
As soon as the verdict became public, Mohd Saiful’s supporters who were gathered in front of the Palace of Justice were seen to disperse.
However, about 500 supporters of Anwar who were gathered there since 6.30 am refused to disband.
There was some tension until the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) issued warnings by sounding a bell before its members moved towards the supporters to make way for police vehicles which were believed to move Anwar from the building.
Anwar’s supporters only disbanded completely by about 4 pm. – BERNAMA