Prosecution refutes Anwar's allegations of conspiracy

Prosecution refutes Anwar's allegations of conspiracy

PUTRAJAYA - The fourth day of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appeal in the Federal Court against a sodomy conviction began with the prosecution refuting the Opposition leader's statement from the dock.

Lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah kicked off proceedings on Friday by singling out the statement Anwar made from the dock during the trial in the High Court.

Shafee told the Federal Court that Anwar attacked everyone from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the investigating officer in his statement. He says the PKR leader also hit out at the trial judge, an act which should amount to contempt of court.

The lawyer argues that Anwar contended that anyone who decided in finality against him was part of the conspiracy, and dishonest.

Anwar is appealing to set aside a five-year jail sentence for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

A five-member panel led by Chief Justice Arifin began Friday to hear the prosecution's submissions. The panel had spent two and half days since Tuesday, hearing from Anwar's defence team led by former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.

On Jan 9, 2012, the High Court acquitted and discharged Anwar of sodomising Mohd Saiful, 27, on grounds that the court could not be 100 per cent certain on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from the alleged victim.

The court had ruled that the samples could have been compromised before they reached the chemistry department for analysis.

However, on Mar 7 this year, the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court's judgment and found Anwar guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge had erred in his findings about the samples, which were based on the evidence of two expert witnesses called by the defence.

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