KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Sept 2008: The Sessions Court here will decide on 7 Oct whether to allow or reject the prosecution’s application to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case to the High Court for trial.
Judge S M Komathy Suppiah needs two weeks to consider the submissions and authorities cited by both parties.
Anwar, 61, is charged with voluntarily committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature with his former aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on 26 June.
If convicted, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor faces a maximum 20 years’ jail under Section 377B of the Penal Code which also provides for whipping but it only applies to persons below the age of 50.
Anwar is free on a personal bond of RM20,000 without surety. — Bernama