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Prosecution appeals Anwar sodomy acquittal

Anwar was acquitted last week. — File picAnwar was acquitted last week. — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — Prosecutors today filed an appeal against the High Court’s January 9 acquittal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy.

The appeal was filed at 4.30pm at the KL High Court criminal registry.

Deputy registrar Halilah Suboh confirmed the filing of the appeal to reporters here.

Anwar was acquitted last week of a charge of sodomising his former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled that the prosecution had not done enough to prove Anwar had committed sodomy against Saiful.

Anwar”s lawyer Sankara Nair told The Malaysian Insider that he had not been informed by the prosecution on the filing of the appeal against Mohd Zabidin”s decision.

“I am not aware of this, we have not received anything so far, strange that it was done today, towards the end of the appeal period,” he said.

Sankara said he would not comment on the matter before he received the proper notice of the appeal.

“For our part, we cannot say anything or comment for the time being, because there has not been any confirmation. We have not received a notice for the appeal, so we will wait for that and go from there,” said the lawyer.

Attempts by The Malaysian Insider to contact Anwar for a response were unsuccessful.”

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