Anwar to know fate on Feb 10

Anwar to know fate on Feb 10
Malaysia's leader of the opposition Anwar Ibrahim leaves court during his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya November 4, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will know the verdict in his appeal against his conviction and five-year jail term for sodomy on Feb 10.

The Federal Court's corporate communication and international relations division head Mohd Aizuddin Zolkeply confirmed this to the media, saying the matter was also announced through the Malaysian judiciary's Twitter account.

Anwar's counsel Sangeet Kaur Deo said they received two letters via fax from the judiciary over the matter yesterday.

"We received two notifications on the same day. Federal Court senior assistant registrar Mohd Izuddin Mohamad informed us in the first letter via fax that the judgment of the Federal Court would be announced on Feb 10 at 9am.

"The second letter asked us to be prepared for the hearing (of a pending cross-appeal by the pro­secution seeking a heavier jail term for Anwar)," Sangeet added.

The Federal Court had on Nov 7 last year reserved judgment on Anwar's appeal after hearing lengthy submissions by the parties for eight days.

Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, who chaired a five-man panel, had said the Bench needed more time to decide.

The other four judges on the panel were Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif and Federal Court judges Justices Abdull Hamid Embong, Suriyadi Halim Omar and Ramly Ali.

The Federal Court had since extended Anwar's RM10,000 bail with one surety.

Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years' jail on March 7 last year by the Court of Appeal for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 30, at the Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

In the 85-page written judgment, the Court of Appeal had overturned an earlier acquittal by the High Court.

Anwar had filed 35 grounds in his petition of appeal asking the Federal Court to overturn the Court of Appeal's ruling.

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