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Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy Case Postponed, but Case Venue Moved

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the press after attending his sodomy case hearing in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution wants to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case from the Sessions Court where he was charged last month to the High Court.

But the defence objected to the move saying it was unnecessary and that the transfer certificate had been signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was to have no involvement in the case.

Lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah complained about the shabby treatment by the prosecution, who only informed the defence about the transfer application at the eleventh hour.

“We asked them what was the plan and up to Tuesday, we were told that there was no decision.

“On Tuesday afternoon, senior DPP (and AG’s Chambers head of prosecution) Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden was kind enough to call me to say that they most probably would ask for a transfer.

“Only 10 minutes ago when DPP Mohd Yusof appeared in court were we informed that they were indeed going to ask for a transfer,” the veteran lawyer said.

Describing the move as an “ambush”, Sulaiman said it left the defence to argue “practically out of the air.” [more]

MP Suggests Use Of Independent Prosecutors Should Anwar Be Charged For Sodomy

PASIR MAS, July 20 (Bernama) — A member of parliament (MP) has suggested that independent prosecutors be appointed to conduct the trial in the event Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is charged for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Datuk Ibrahim Ali, independent MP for Pasir Mas (Kelantan), said the prosecutors should not be those from the public service or the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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“This can be worked out based on the country’s laws,” he said at a “ceramah” (talk) here last night.

Anwar, 61, the de facto PKR leader, had lodged a police report against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail alleging that they had fabricated evidence against him when he was also charged for sodomy in 1998, and later convicted.

Then, Musa was the senior investigating officer and Abdul Gani the head of the prosecution. Anwar was freed of the sodomy charge by the Federal Court in 2004.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Saturday, Musa and Gani would not be part of the team investigating the latest sodomy allegation against Anwar.

Ibrahim, in his talk last night, also said that Anwar’s doctors could observe the taking and testing of Anwar’s DNA sample to ensure impartiality of the process.