Strong police presence in KL as crowd builds for Anwar verdict

Strong police presence in KL as crowd builds for Anwar verdict

Update (12.15pm): Anwar has been found guilty, according to a tweet from The Star.


 

PUTRAJAYA - Mounted police units were seen patrolling the area outside the Palace of Justice as journalists and supporters began to gather in anticipation of a key decision in the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Roadblocks were set up in the vicinity as early as 5.50am.

Anwar supporters began walking to the Palace of Justice at 8.15am.

The five-member Federal Court is expected to deliver its verdict on the Sodomy II case early on Tuesday morning.

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 Mar 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 its 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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