Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sodomy II: Court to hear stay application on Wed

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here will hear on Wednesday the stay application by the prosecution against an earlier court ruling which ordered them to hand over certain documents to the defence team in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial.

The Public Prosecutor filed for a stay on Monday.

Last Friday, the prosecution filed an appeal against the decision by High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah ordering them to comply with Anwar’s request within a week.

The next day, he ordered the prosecution to supply Anwar’s counsel with a copy of the CCTV recordings taken from the guardhouse and lifts of the Desa Damansara Condominium over three days from June 25, last year.

Among others, the judge also ordered the prosecution to supply Anwar’s legal team a copy of its witness list and all the documents that would be tendered in court as evidence.

The prosecution must also hand over a statement of facts to Anwar.

On March 10, Anwar pleaded not guilty to sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 24, at the condominium in Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, last year.

Justice Mohamad Zabidin set July 24 for mention of the sodomy trial and an application by Anwar to strike out the charge.

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