Anwar arrives at Sessions Court to face sodomy charge, issues statement

The New Straits Times

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court at 9am today amid cheers of Reformasi to face the sodomy charge against him.

Four FRU trucks and traffic police were stationed at the Sessions Court at early as 6.30am today.

Some 300 plainclothes, traffic and regular policemen are currently stationed around the complex where PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be charged with sodomy at 10am.

A slight commotion occurred outside the Sessions Court where some 30 journalists and photographers, both foreign and local, are trying to get into the court room. The police, however, are allowing only one from each Press while the online media are put on the waiting list.

Only one reporter from each Press organisation was allowed in at 9am to cover the event and press tags were checked at the entrance.

In a statement released as he arrived at the court, Anwar claimed the charge is a “political persecution”.

He also claimed that it was the nation, and not he, who is being put on trial.

He said if detained or refused bail, PKR president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be coordinator for the counsel.

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