High Court sets aside Azmin’s conviction

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Azmin Ali’s conviction for perjury in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim trial has been set aside by a High Court here. 

The 18-month jail sentence handed down by a Sessions Court for the conviction six years ago was also set aside when Justice Abdul Kadir Musa allowed his appeal yesterday.  

This is the second time the case has gone to the High Court for appeal since Azmin was charged in April 1999 with giving false evidence at the corruption trial of Anwar a month earlier. 

The first appeal came from the prosecution following the decision of Sessions Court judge Hamdan Indah, who acquitted the former Hulu Klang assemblyman without calling for his defence in July 1999. 

However, in Feb 2000, High Court judge Justice Abdul Wahab Patail set aside the acquittal and ordered Azmin to enter his defence. 

The case was subsequently heard by another Sessions judge – Akhtar Tahir – who convicted the PKR vice-president in May 2001 and sentenced him to 18 months’ jail. 

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