Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Anwar sent to Sungai Buloh prison

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who failed in his final appeal today after the Federal Court found him guilty of sodomising a former aide, was taken to the Sungai Buloh prison this afternoon.

The opposition leader is believed to have been brought to the prison in a Nissan X-Trail sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The SUV, which was escorted by eight other vehicles, was seen entering the prison compound after leaving the Federal Court at about 3pm.

Sungai Buloh police chief Supt Junaidi Bujang when contacted, confirmed that Anwar was brought to the prison at 3.49pm today.

It was a calm atmosphere outside the prison compound, with very few individuals, believed to be Anwar's supporters taking the opportunity to take pictures of the vehicle carrying the PKR advisor.

The SUV vehicle that transported Anwar from the Federal Court to the Sungai Buloh Prison Tuesday afternoon.

Anwar's arrival was tightly guarded by about 60 officers and personnel of the Prisons Department and police.

At about 5.40pm, Anwar's wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was seen arriving at the Sungai Buloh Prison to hand over a bag believed to contain Anwar's personal effects.

Also seen at the prison compound was Subang MP R. Sivarasa who when approached by reporters, said Anwar would not be allowed to receive visitors today.

"I will meet Anwar tomorrow morning as the visiting time has yet to be determined," he said.

The Federal Court today ruled that Anwar, who is also Permatang Pauh MP, had failed in his final appeal against his conviction of sodomising his personal assistant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan and upheld the five-year jail sentence imposed by the Appeals Court when convicting him.

The verdict was delivered by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria who headed a panel of five judges in hearing his appeal against the Appeals Court's decision.

The case's main witness, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 30, was grateful that the long court battle is over and that the he and his family can finally move on.

-  Source: Bernama 

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