KUALA LUMPUR: The appeal of Munawar Ahmad Anees, the former speechwriter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, against a sodomy conviction and sentence was dismissed by the High Court yesterday.
Justice Ahmad Maarop, in delivering an oral judgment, said Munawar had failed to appear at any of the proceedings in relation to the appeal and he was therefore exercising his discretion under Section 313(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code to dismiss it.
If the appellant really wanted to clear his name, as he stated in his petition of appeal, then he should be present for this appeal.
However, in this case, he has never attended any of the proceedings.
I have been informed by his lawyer that even today he is not present in court, the judge added.
Munawar was represented by Balwant Singh Sidhu while Deputy Public Prosecutors K. Muniandy and Kamal Baharin Omar appeared for the prosecution.
Munawar was charged and sentenced to six months jail on Sept 19, 1998 by the Sessions Court after he pleaded guilty to allowing Anwar to sodomise him in March 1993.
Ten days later, he filed an appeal at the High Court against the conviction and six months jail sentence.
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