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Counsel unwell, Anwar’s application adjourned to 8 July

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 July 2009: The hearing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s application for documents from the prosecution relating to his sodomy trial was adjourned to 8 July by the High Court here today because his lead counsel was unwell.

Counsel Sulaiman Abdullah informed the court that he had been feeling giddy since yesterday when Anwar’s case was heard at the Court of Appeal.

Justice Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah allowed Sulaiman’s application for adjournment to allow him to seek medical treatment.

Two hours later, one of Anwar’s counsel, SN Nair, informed the media that Sulaiman had been given medical leave until 7 July.

The court had fixed today to hear Anwar’s application to compel the prosecution to provide him with all the documents pertaining to his sodomy case.

Among the documents sought are the original CCTV recordings taken at several locations at the scene of the alleged incident in Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setia Kasih, Bukit Damansara; the DNA samples; statements from witnesses, including the complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan; and police statements.

On 8 July, the court is also scheduled to hear Anwar’s application to strike out his sodomy charge. The court had also fixed the same day for his sodomy trial.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal dismissed Anwar’s appeal to have his sodomy trial sent back to the Sessions Court from the High Court.

Anwar is charged with sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 24, at a condominium in Bukit Damansara here on 26 June 2008. — Bernama

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