KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who completed his six-year jail sentence for corruption yesterday, starts his nine-year jail term for sodomising Azizan Abu Bakar, the former driver of his family, in 1993.
His counsel, S.N. Nair, said it was regrettable that the Court of Appeal had delayed in giving their decision on Anwar's reent bail application on his sodomy conviction.
He said yesterday was an important date as Anwar could have been released on bail after completing the six-year jail term for corrupt practice by interfering in police investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Justice S. Augustine Paul sentenced Anwar to six years jail on April 14, 1999, on four counts of corruption.
We (the lawyers) are in a predicament to explain this fact to Anwars family and to the public, he said yesterday.
On April 10, Court of Appeal judges Justices Pajan Singh Gill, Richard Malanjum and Hashim Mohd Yusoff had reserved its judgment after hearing submissions from Anwars counsel Karpal Singh and Attorney-General Datuk Seri Abdul Gani Patail.
Nair said he would visit Anwar at the Sungai Buloh prison to obtain further instructions on whether to file an application to the appellate court to speed up its decision.
On Aug 8, 2000, the High Court convicted Anwar of sodomising Azizan and ordered him to serve his jail term upon completion of the first jail term.