KUALA LUMPUR – Cheers and jeers were evident as throngs of supporters gathered at the Federal Court here for the final appeal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the second sodomy appeal.
As early as 7am, Anwarâ€™s supporters largely made up Selangor PKR Youth arrived in droves at High Court in a show of solidarity for the former deputy prime minister as the countryâ€™s top court decides on his fate.
Chanting the tagline ‘reformasi’, the crowd was seen moving towards Anwar’s vehicle as he arrived at the High Court at approximately 8.54am.
Anwar’s two-day appeal will be heard by a five-men apex court bench led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.
Counsel Sulaiman Abdullah has withdrawn from Anwar defence team citing health reasons, as reported by Bernama.
Anwar, 67, was acquitted by the High Court on Jan 9, 2012 for allegedly sodomising his ex-aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at Desa Damansara Condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.
The Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison for the offence.
Subsequently, the Federal Court had set Oct 28 and 29 to hear cross-appeals of both the defence team and the prosecution. – AstroAwani