Meet the press: Shafee speaking to reporters outside a courtroom of the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is the lead prosecutor in today’s appeal against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal of a sodomy charge.
Yesterday, the Federal Court dismissed Anwar’s second application to disqualify Shafee.
This time, he tried to use a statutory declaration (SD) by former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim to support his application.
However, Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that the SD was an “out of court statement”.
“We cannot accept the contents,” he said. “Without the SD, the rest of the allegations by the applicant (Anwar) is hotly disputed,” Justice Zulkefli held.
Agreeing with him were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Justices Suriyadi Halim Omar, Zaleha Zahari and Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha.
Earlier, Anwar’s lead counsel Tommy Thomas had urged the court to bar Shafee from appearing for the prosecution as he had breached the legal profession’s etiquette rules.
Thomas submitted that the allegations were serious and that Anwar’s right to a fair appeal would be prejudiced.
Shafee responded that their complaint should be made to the Attorney-General: “They are barking at the wrong place.”
He argued that he had acted independently in cases against the government, a political party and high profile persons and there was no conflict of interest in his appointment.
Meanwhile, Anwar has filed an application to recall retired investigating officer Supt Judy Blacious Pereira to testify in the appellate court or trial court to determine whether his evidence can withstand scrutiny and is credible in light of the High Court’s rejection of Pereira’s application for admission to the Bar on Jan 10.