Friday, March 7, 2014

Anwar fails in final bid to stop Shafee from prosecuting sodomy appeal

Putrajaya's appeal in the sodomy acquittal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will go on as scheduled after the opposition leader failed in his final bid to stop Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah from leading the prosecution team at the Court of Appeal.

A five-man Federal Court bench chaired by Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong this afternoon which dismissed Anwar's stay application said there were no exceptional circumstances.

Hamid said the basis of the application was that Shafee’s appointment was a conflict of interest and that he was not a fit and proper person.

"We find no merit in the application and there is no reason to disturb the refusal of the Court of Appeal to grant Anwar a stay," he said of the unanimous decision.

Shafee submitted that the stay should be refused as it was to delay the public prosecutor's sodomy appeal. Read full article



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