Nov 16 for hearing of Anwar's bid to admit Ramli's testimony in sodomy review

26 Aug 2015 / 19:01 H.

    PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has set Nov 16, to hear Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's application to admit former commercial crime investigation department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff's testimony as evidence in his sodomy conviction review bid.
    Federal Court deputy registrar Mohd Izzudin Mohamad fixed the hearing date after the matter came up before him for case management today.
    Deputy Public Prosecutor Nadia Mohd Izhar, appearing for the prosecution said the deputy registrar had also fixed Oct 26 for case management on the matter to enable the prosecution and defence to finalise documents related to the case.
    Anwar's counsel, Shahid Adli Kamarudin who was also present in the case management proceeding also confirmed the hearing date and case management date.
    However, the court has yet to set a date to hear Anwar's bid to review the Federal Court's decision in upholding his sodomy guilty verdict and five-year jail sentence.
    Anwar, 68, had on June 10, this year, filed an application seeking for Ramli's oral testimony to be accepted by the Federal Court and subsequently, used as evidence at the hearing of his review application.
    In his notice of motion, Anwar said on May 27, this year, Ramli gave a sworn testimony at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in a civil suit, which supported his (Anwar's) defence that he was a victim of political conspiracy and fabricated evidence.
    He said the evidence provided by Ramli was important to establish that there existed a political conspiracy against him which led to his being charged with sodomy.
    Anwar is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Sungai Buloh Prison for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 30, after he lost his final appeal at the Federal Court to set aside his sodomy conviction.
    Following the conviction, Anwar was disqualified as Permatang Pauh member of parliament.
    He, however, had on April 30 this year, filed an application seeking from the Federal Court which had convicted him, a review of the decision.
    The Court of Appeal overturned Anwar's acquittal and found him guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara here, between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008. – Bernama

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