Anwar to seek review of sodomy conviction

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will seek a review of the Fe­­deral Court ruling convicting him of sodomy.

His daughter, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah, said the necessary do­­cuments were being finalised, adding that this would take "less than a month".

Yesterday, Anwar filed an application for leave for a judicial review, challenging the decision of the Home Minister and Prisons Director-General to bar him from attending the ongoing Parliament session.

On Feb 10, the Federal Court up­­held the Court of Appeal's decision to convict the Opposition Leader.

Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years' jail on March 7 last year for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 30, at the Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

Anwar's lawyer N. Surendran told reporters he had filed a certificate of urgency for the application to be heard early.

In his affidavit, Anwar said a petition had been presented to the King seeking a pardon over his conviction, adding that the petition had yet to be disposed of yet.

The applicant said under Article 48(4)(c) of the Federal Constitution, his disqualification as an MP did not take effect until the petition for a pardon had been disposed of.