Anwar: This is not the end

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has exhausted all avenues to set aside his five-year sodomy conviction but he says he will not give up on his freedom.

"I'm optimistic. This is not the end of the road. I will discuss with my legal team on the next course of action," Anwar was heard saying as he spoke to reporters from the dock of the Federal Court on Wednesday.

The Apex court's five-man panel, chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Zulkifli Ahmad Makinudin, earlier rejected Anwar's application for a review of his conviction on grounds that there were no merits for the application.

The decision was unanimous. Others on the panel were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum, Justices Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin and Zaharah Ibrahim.

Anwar's wife, Opposition leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, was seen leaving the courtroom shortly after the verdict, looking sombre.

His daughter, Nurul Izzah, told reporters that they would continue to seek all avenues, including appealing for a pardon on grounds of "miscarriage of justice".

Anwar was represented by counsels Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, N. Surendran, Ramkarpal Singh, Latheefa Koya and Shahid Adli Kamaruddin.

Surendran said that Anwar's legal team would now study the judgement in detail before deciding how to proceed.

"He does not accept the decision, his family does not accept the decision. We are taking a copy of the judgement shortly and we will study the judgement and we will announce our next course of action as soon as possible," Surendren told reporters outside the courtroom.

Anwar's review application, which was heard by the Federal Court on Oct 12, represented his final legal bid to set aside his conviction and five-year jail sentence for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.

He is currently serving the sentence at the Sungai Buloh prison.

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