Thursday, July 14, 2011

Anwar’s defence team wants 25 witnesses produced

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants the prosecution in his sodomy trial to produce 25 witnesses when he enters his defence on Aug 8.
Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair told reporters that Anwar would be the first witness to testify in the defence case in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code .
Sankara said the defence had decided to interview 25 witnesses, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan before beginning their case.
Sankara said they would make a formal application in a week to apply for the prosecution to produce the witnesses in court.
High Court judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah fixed Aug 8 to Aug 26 for the hearing of Anwar’s defence on the charge of sodomising his former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan after the case was mentioned yesterday.
Present in court was Anwar’s wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as well as his other counsel Karpal Singh.
The police and the prosecution have offered only five wintnesses to be interviewed by the defence although 25 were requested.
The five witnesses are ex-sprint queen Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar, Dr Mohd Osman Abd Hamid, formerly of Pusrawi, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Az­lan’s youngest sister, Saidaiti Az­lan, a doctor from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital known as Dr Daniel and Khairil Anaz Yusof, the special assistant to Najib when he was Dep­uty Prime Minister.
Anwar was ordered by the High Court on May 16 to enter his defence on the charge of sodomising Saiful at a condominium unit in Bukit Daman­sara here on June 26, 2008.
On July 6, Anwar failed in his third attempt to recuse his sodomy trial judge and wanted to take the matter to the Federal Court. - theStarOnline

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