Court dismisses appeals by Anwar and Sukma

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 19 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeals of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja against their sodomy conviction. 

Court of Appeal judges Justices Pajan Singh Gill, Richrad Malanjum and Hashim Mohd Yusoff also revoked Sukma's stay of execution, thus compelling him to serve his six-year jail sentence at the Kajang Prison from yesterday. 

The appellate court also denied Anwar's defence team from making an oral interim application for bail of the two accused, stating that a formal written application was required.  

In reading an oral judgment, Justice Pajan Singh Gill said the appellate court had given serious and careful scrutiny to this appeal besides having considered the issues and relevant principles of law. 

“We also reminded ourselves that it was trite for an appellate court to be slow to interfere with the finding of fact by a trial judge,” he said, adding that the appellate court had considered all evidence adduced as a whole. 

He said the appellate court agreed that the trial judge was correct in holding that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. 

“We also considered that there was no miscarriage of justice,'' he said.  

Justice Pajan Singh Gill said the grounds of judgment would be given later. 

Both Anwar and Sukma's counsel S.N. Nair and Gobind Singh Deo informed the court that they had filed an appeal to the Federal Court that afternoon. 

As the judges were entering the chambers after adjourning the matter, Anwar stood up from the dock, shouting: “Spineless judges”.  

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