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Anwar applies to strike out sodomy charge

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 June 2009: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed an application at the High Court registry here today to strike out his sodomy charge.

In the application filed by his counsel, SN Nair, he is also seeking an order to acquit and discharge him and an order to stay his sodomy trial which has been fixed for 1 to 24 July.

He named the public prosecutor as the respondent in his application.

Nair told reporters that the application was made on the basis that the entire charge was a travesty, a complete farce, and had absolutely no basis.

“There is no case against my client,” he said, adding that the defence maintained that the charging of Anwar was a political conspiracy.

Nair also told reporters that he received four documents — CCTV recordings, chemist report, Anwar’s witness statement and a medical report of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan — from the investigating officer yesterday, but was still seeking other documents.

Anwar is charged with sodomising Mohd Saiful, his former personal aide,  at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, here between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on 26 June 2008.

Meanwhile, High Court judge Justice Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah will hear on Monday Anwar’s application for the court to order the prosecution to provide him with all documents pertaining to his sodomy charge. — Bernama

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