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Government applies to strike out Anwar’s suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government wants to strike out a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against it because it is seditious and invalid under the Constitution.

It says that the PKR leader has also failed to justify the case against the Government.

Apart from that, the Government is contending that the civil action has no reasonable cause of action, and is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.

Besides that, it said, the High Court is not competent to hear the application.

Senior Federal Counsel Muham­mad Azmi Mashud confirmed that the Government had filed the application to strike out the suit.

“The statement of defence is not filed yet. We want to wait for the disposal of the striking out application. We will serve the sealed copy of the application to them immediately,” he added.

In his suit, Anwar is seeking his immediate release saying that his conviction in the Sodomy II trial was obtained through fraud.

Yesterday, deputy registrar Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin fixed July 21 for case management.

In his suit filed on April 17, Anwar is seeking to declare his conviction for sodomy as invalid.

In his court papers, Anwar said he was convicted for sodomy at the Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014.

Anwar said he was also unsuccessful in his appeal at the Federal Court which had on Feb 10, 2015, dismissed it.

Anwar, 69, had on April 30, 2015, filed an application to get a fresh panel of judges to review his conviction and five-year jail term for sodomy on grounds of injustice.

The application for review was dismissed and the court upheld Anwar’s conviction and five-year jail term for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31, at Desa Damansara Condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

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