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Anwar Charged, Out On Bond

Eight years and one day shy of his first sodomy conviction, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim again denied another similar accusation today when he was charged for having carnal intercourse against the order of nature at the Sessions Criminal Court 1.

Anwar arrives in courtSessions Court judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah allowed Anwar to be released on a personal bond set at RM20,000 without surety after his defence lawyers pleaded for him to be released on personal bond under Section 388 (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code while the prosecution argued for bail to be set at RM20,000. The judge set mention of the case for Sept 10.

Anwar’s legal team comprises lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah, R. Sivarasa, Sankara Nair, Saiful Izham Ramli, Leela Jeyaman Jesuthasan, Edmund Bon, Amer Hamzah Arshad, Lateefah Koya, Mohd Razlan Jelaludin. The prosecution is led by Mohd Yusuf Zainal Abiden, the Attorney-General’s Chambers prosecution chief, and Solicitor-General Datuk Idrus Harun.

Holding watching brief for the Bar Council are George Varghese and Rajpal Singh. For the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Forum Asia and the Human Rights Watch are lawyers Roger Chen Weng Keng and Sahadeva.

Anwar was charged following a complaint by 23-year-old Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, his former aide. The charge carries a punishment of 20 years’ imprisonment and possibly whipping if found guilty.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was accused of committing the offence under Section 377B of the Penal Code between 3.01pm and 4.30pm in unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium at 99, Jalan Setia Kasih, Bukit Damansara on June 26 2008.

Anwar’s passport was not impounded.

Chronology of events

09:30am – Depart house

09:50am – Arrive Jalan Duta. 100s of reporters

10:00am – Enter courtroom, Sessions Court 1

10:12am – Case called by judge S. M. Komathy Suppiah

10:22am – Pled not guilty to section 337b, asking for bail

10:24am – Asking judge to use discretion to waive bail

10:28am – 10th Sep is set as mention date

10:33am – Bail waived

10:38am – Personal bond set at RM20,000, without surety, need not surrender passport

10:58am – Lawyer Nair having press conference, Anwar still in court

11:26am – Anwar walks out of court room.

11:40am – Anwar leave the court.

11:55am – Anwar safely arrived at his house at Bukit Segambut.

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