Anwar verdict: Tight security at Palace of Justice

Anwar verdict: Tight security at Palace of Justice
Nearly a hundred reporters were seen waiting outside the Palace of Justice at 7.30am.

PUTRAJAYA - Police have set up barricades all around the Palace of Justice here, blocking even media personnel from entering the area for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case appeal at the Federal Court here.

Journalists arrived here as early as 6am, Tuesday.

So far, only cleaners and lawyers have been allowed to enter the premises.

Police blocking the entrance said they had received "no instructions" to let people inside the barricade, which extended over 300m away from the courthouse.

A representative from the Federal Court corporate communications department confirmed that the barricade would only be opened at 8.15am.

Around 15 local reporters, who had submitted their names to the police several days ahead, were allowed into the court premises at 8am.

Foreign press remain outside.

A different representative from the Federal Court corporate communications department confirmed that other court cases were ongoing.

Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria will chair a five-man panel - which includes Court of Appeal president Justice Raus Sharif and Federal Court judges Justices Abdull Hamid Embong, Suriyadi Halim Omar and Ahmad Maarop - to hear Anwar's appeal against his conviction and five-year jail sentence for a sodomy charge.

 

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