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Court Of Appeal Judges Failed To Appreciate The Possibility Of Evidence-Tampering, Says Defence

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PUTRAJAYA: Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh submitted the Court of Appeal judges failed to appreciate the possibility of evidence-tampering.

He submitted before the 5-man Federal Court bench today that the law required the defence to only raise the possibility to create reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

Ramkarpal argued that the Court of Appeal reversed the burden of proving evidence-tampering to the defence.

He told the Federal Court the prosecution failure to call a medical officer who first examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan creates adverse inference on the prosecution’s case against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Ramkarpal argued that chemist Dr Seah Lay Hong was biased in their testimonies against Anwar.

He said the Court of Appeal only allowed two days to submit before it convicted his client of sodomy.

Ramkarpal was informing Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, who chaired the five-man bench, one of the appeal’s grounds which was that the lower court did not grant his client a fair hearing.

The Federal Court fixed for hearing to extend until Monday next week.

The five-man bench, chaired by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, allowed lead prosecutor Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s application for more time to submit.

Arifin also allowed Shafee’s application to adjourn today’s proceedings to tomorrow to give the prosecution more time to prepare its submission.

Shafee will begin submitting tomorrow following the defence having wrapped up its submissions today.-NST

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