Thursday, 15 December 2011

Anwar Ibrahim long sodomy trial closes, Judge to give verdict on 9/1/2012

The Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial draws to a close today after final submissions by both the  Prosecution and the Defence team. The Judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Md Diah will deliver his verdict on 9 January 2012 which is only about 3 weeks away. The story here:

High Court to deliver Anwar's verdict on Jan 9

I do not wish to speculate what the Judge's verdict will be, but as an interested citizen who has been following the case since the time when Anwar ran into the Turkish Embassy when news about the alleged sodomy broke out in 2008, I am tempted to say something.

I think the main prosecution witness Saiful's testimony is credible and difficult to challenge and despite relentless cross examination by the defence team lead by the very aggressive veteran lawyer Karpal Singh, the main witness has remained steadfast and unshaken. Saiful's testimony corroborated by physical evidence adduced in the court such as DNA and video evidence etc., that placed the accused at the scene of the crime seems to suggest that the Prosecution has a very solid case. Read here.

The Prosecution's case is made even more solid when the Defence could only offer denials and irrelevant theory of conspiracy to bring down Anwar which would make a good ceramah topic but virtually useless in Court. The one thing that could save Anwar is an alibi which would place him with some one else, or some place else, that is everywhere else, but not at the Condo where the sodomy allegedly happened. Until final submission there has been no alibi defence witness which could put him somewhere else from the scene of the alleged crime. Read here.

Anyway I do not want to speculate on the verdict which will be given on January 9 next year. Life goes on until then and after that date too.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim waves to supporters outside the courtroom in Kuala Lumpur on December 15, 2011. — Picture by Choo Choy May
A last happy wave perhaps?

Anwar Ibrahim is charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code 
which carries a sentence of up to 20 years' jail and whipping, upon conviction.

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