Anwar withdraws appeal on Prisons' ban from attending Parliament

PUTRAJAYA - In a twist of events, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has withdrawn his bid to challenge the decision of the Prisons Commissioner-General to bar him from attending Parliament sittings early this year.

Court of Appeal judge Justice Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, who chaired a three-man panel that included Justices Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Abd Rahman Sebli, struck out his appeal.

"There is no order as to costs," said Justice Umi Kalthum.

At the outset of court proceedings Monday, Anwar's lawyer Latheefa Koya said they had received instructions to withdraw the appeal with no orders as to costs.

Federal Counsel M. Kogilambigai confirmed this to the panel.

Outside the court later, Latheefa said they had withdrawn the appeal as any order issued by the appellate court over this would be academic as the sittings between March 9 and April 9 were already over.

The Federal Court, on Feb 10 this year, affirmed Anwar's five-year jail term for sodomising former aide Mohammad Saiful Bukhari.

On March 18, Anwar filed for leave to challenge the decision of the Prisons Commissioner-General to not allow him to attend Parliament from March 9 to April 9.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Asmabi Mohamad dismissed the application on April 1.