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Published: Tuesday March 15, 2011 MYT 9:31:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 15, 2011 MYT 1:30:39 PM

Anwar trial: Karpal's brother dies, hearing postponed to March 21

KUALA LUMPUR: The sodomy case of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been postponed to Monday.

The court granted the postponement Tuesday after being informed of the death of the brother of counsel Karpal Singh.

Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair told the court that as Karpal's brother would have a Sikh funeral, with many ceremonies, the earliest Karpal could be back in court was Monday.

Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, who heads the prosecution team, did not object and the court agreed to adjourn the matter until Monday.

Karpal's brother Balwinder Singh, 58, was a court interpreter. The cause of his death was listed as septic shock, with multiple organ failure.

Anwar, 63, has claimed trial to performing carnal intercourse against the order of nature on his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at a condominium unit in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, on June 26, 2008.

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