Anwar's bail decision to be delivered tomorrow

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  • Tuesday, 20 Jan 2004

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal will deliver its judgment tomorrow on whether to grant bail to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja pending their final appeal against their convictions for sodomy. 

Federal Court judge Justice Pajan Singh Gill, who sat as Court of Appeal judge together with Court of Appeal judges Justices Richard Malanjum and Hashim Mohd Yusoff, set the date yesterday. 

Anwar's counsel Karpal Singh, who had raised the issue of the delay in deciding on the bail application, argued that the application had been filed in July last year. 

He noted that while the matter resurfaced in December, there had been no decision on it to date.  

Justice Pajan Singh Gill said the Judiciary should not be entirely blamed, citing the wedding of Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah last year as one of the probable reasons for the delay. 

Anwar stood up almost immediately from the dock and began an exchange of words with the judge, saying that the Court of Appeal had stated that a decision on the application would be given as soon as possible. 

Justice Pajan Singh Gill then reminded Anwar that he was represented and only his counsel should speak on his behalf, warning him that he was boarding on contempt of court by speaking from the dock without permission. 

The Court of Appeal also dismissed an application by Anwar's lawyers to obtain the judges’ notes of proceedings during the appeal on the sodomy case.  

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