Respect court's judgement, Malaysia govt says

Respect court's judgement, Malaysia govt says
Malaysian police take position outside the federal court where a ruling on the appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over a sodomy conviction is expected in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on February 10, 2015.

PETALING JAYA - The Prime Minister's Office has called on all parties to respect the judgment of the Federal Court which found Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesperson said the judges in the case had reached their verdict only after considering the evidence in a balanced and objective manner.

"Malaysia has an independent judiciary, and there have been many rulings against senior government figures.

"The police report against Anwar was brought by a private individual - Anwar's employee and personal assistant - not by the Government," said the statement.

It added that as a victim of a "serious sexual assault" Mohd Saiful "had every right to have his case heard in court.

"In this case, exhaustive and comprehensive due process has been followed over many years.

"That process is now complete, and we call on all parties involved to respect the legal process and the judgment," the statement said.

The apex court on Tuesday upheld the Court of Appeal's March 7, 2014 decision against the Opposition leader that sentenced him to five years' jail.

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