Thursday 9 October 2008

Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy Trial, Gag Order Lifted

Anwar in 1998, after assault

After submissions by the defence lawyers, the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court has lifted a gag order against publishing details of Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail’s alleged involvement in tampering with evidence in Anwar Ibrahim’s trial 10 years ago.

Anwar has filed an affidavit to support his application opposing the prosecution’s bid to transfer his case from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

He had questioned the validity of the transfer certificate signed by AG Abdul Gani Patail when under an Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigation following a police report lodged against him by Anwar over fabrication of evidence.

Anwar’s lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah had argued before Judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah that the three exhibits [two statements of claim respectively filed by Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan and the then investigation officer in the 1998 Anwar case Mat Zain Ibrahim and newspaper reports on that incident] had been read out in open court.

The two statements of claim were filed in the Kuala Lumpur High Court and they become public documents and they could be published. The public has the right to know what had happened in court,” Sulaiman said.

Anwar had suffered a black eye in 1998 after he was allegedly punched in the eye by former Inspector-General of Police Rahim Noor in the police lock-up at the Malaysian National Police Headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

Yesterday, Judge Komathy had allowed the prosecution’s application to issue a gag order to restrain the media from reporting about Abdul Gani Patail's alleged involvement as shown in the contents of the exhibits.


Etiam capillus unus habet umbram

Even one hair has a shadow

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