Jailed Anwar may be brought to court to testify in trial against Anifah

Jailed Anwar may be brought to court to testify in trial against Anifah
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the media ahead of the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR - Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is expected to be brought to the High Court to testify in the trial of his suit against Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman next week.

The suit, which Anwar filed in 2009, was in relation to allegations of him getting 10 MPs from Sabah to cross the political divide.

 

Anwar's counsel Razlan Hadri Zulkifli said there were certain procedures that they had to follow including getting permission from the Sungai Buloh prison authority.

"Right now, I cannot tell much on what will happen. If he comes (to the court) I will have to make arrangements with the prison authority and also the court. So far I have not obtained any instruction from my client with regard to the trial of his suit next Tuesday," Razlan said.

Anwar is now in the Sungai Buloh prison after the Federal Court upheld his five years' imprisonment on Tuesday for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 30, in 2008.

Counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who appeared for Anifah, is scheduled to cross-examine Anwar following the amend­­ment of his client's statement of defence to include the RM100mil allegation offered by Anwar to bring 10 Sabah MPs to cross over.

In his earlier defence, Anifah had only stated that he was offered the deputy prime minister's post by Anwar. Anifah had on Nov 27 last year testified that he was ap­­proached by a businessman Ishak Ismail in May 2008 while he was smoking cigars with Beluran MP Datuk Ronald Kiandee and another Sabah MP at a hotel here.

He said Ishak allegedly offered him RM100 million (S$37.5 million) to bring 10 Sabah MPs to cross over.

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