Anwar loses appeal to obtain key evidence

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 25, 2010): Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today lost in his final bid to obtain key documents in his sodomy trial after the Federal Court rejected his application to review its earlier decision.

Federal Court judges Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Datuk Wira Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Datuk Heliliah Mohd Yusof delivered an unanimous decision after hearing submission from Anwar's lawyer, Karpal Singh and Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden.

Zulkefli said Anwar's case was unsuitable for review because issues raised by Anwar in the review application were duly considered and dealt with by the previous panel of the Federal Court.

"Issues raised by the appellant (Anwar) were issues duly considered and dealt with, in the judgement (of the Federal Court decision)," said Zulkefli.

Anwar had filed an application to review the Federal Court's decision on Jan 29, 2010, which dismissed his appeal to obtain the key documents.

In 2009, High Court judge Datuk Zabidin Mohd Diah allowed Anwar's application to obtain certain materials and documents in preparation of his defence. Prosecution then appealed to the Court of Appeal, which overturned the High Court decision.

Anwar is charged with sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, his former personal aide, at Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

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