PUTRAJAYA - As the appeal hearing of the Sodomy II case enters its fifth day, the situation in front of the Palace of Justice is slowly heating up.
A group of people claiming to be supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, began gathering opposite the court complex here at around 9am.
They then called loudly for Anwar to be arrested and punished.
On the other side of the road, Anwar's supporters gathered and questioned the fairness of the trial.
At 1pm, as court was adjourned for the day, supporters of both sides dispersed peacefully.
A strong police presence is also visible with the complex's compound cordoned off.
A five-member panel led by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria resumed yesterday to hear the prosecution's submissions.
The panel had spent last Tuesday to Thursday 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.
However, on March 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.