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07 October 2008

Sessions Court Allows Defence To Submit On Validity Of Transfer Certificate



KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- The Sessions Court here today ruled that it had the discretion to hear submissions on the defence objection questioning the validity of the certificate produced by the prosecution to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case to the High Court.


Judge S.M.Komathy Suppiah rejected the preliminary objection by the prosecution which contended that it was mandatory for the Sessions Court, under Section 418A (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, to transfer the case to the High Court once the transfer certificate had been issued by the prosecution.

She made the decision based on four cases, including the corruption case of former Sawit Kinabalu Group managing director Datuk Wasli Mohamad Said where it was held that the Sessions Court had the jurisdiction to determine the validity of the transfer certificate in question.

She also denied the application by Datuk Mohamed Yusof Zainal Abiden, head of the prosecution unit in the Attorney-General's Chambers, for a stay of execution of her decision pending the prosecution's filing for revision at the High Court.

However, Komathy granted the prosecution's application for Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail and Solicitor-General Datuk Idrus Harun to file affidavits to support its (prosecution) submission on the defence objection.

Komathy then adjourned to 2.30pm to hear submissions.

Anwar, 60, is charged with voluntarily committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature with his former aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26.

The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor and newly-appointed Opposition leader in the Dewan Rakyat (lower house of Parliament) following his victory in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election, faces a maximum penalty 20 years under Section 377B of the Penal Code if convicted but will not face whipping as he is above 50.

Anwar is free on a personal bond of RM20,000 without surety. The defence team comprised Sulaiman Abdullah, Sankara N.Nair, Leela Jesuthasan, Edmund Bon, Saiful Idham Ramli, Amer Hamzah Arshad, Latheefa Koya and Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin.

Mohamed Yusof, Datuk Nordin Hassan, Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria, Wong Chiang Kiat and Shamsul Sulaiman were the prosecution's team.

Sumber: Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia (BERNAMA)

Tinta mencoret: Anwar dituduh meliwat Saiful. Ha... ha... ha... Betul atau tidak, tunggu sahaja keputusan mahkamah. Kalau tertuduh bersalah, bersalahlah (pada pandangan manusia). Kalau tertuduh tidak bersalah, tidak bersalahlah (pada pandangan manusia). Nak kata saya menyokong Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) 101%, saya hanya berpegang satu, sekiranya benar-benar beliau bersalah, walaupun beliau bebas, akhirat kelak beliau tidak terlepas daripada hukuman Allah yang maha berat. Dan sekiranya dakwaan beliau yang mengatakan bahawa kes ini adalah konspirasi untuk menjatuhkannya adalah benar dan akhirnya beliau dihukum penjara, moga-moga Allah 'menjatuhkan' sekumpulan manusia yang berniat jahat itu sesegera...

Saya kagum satu sahaja terhadap Anwar, beliau dihormati bukan setakat pemimpin dan dunia barat sahaja tetapi juga pemimpin dari Timur Tengah dan blok timur...