Anwar to challenge his sacking 10 years ago

Read from Kak Nuraina’s blog today that Anwar has gotten the green light to challenge Dr Mahathir’s decisions to sack him from the Deputy PM’s post, and the Finance Minister’s post.

Here’s what Bernama has reported:

PUTRAJAYA, June 16 (Bernama) — The Federal Court here Monday gave the green light to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to challenge the constitutionality of his sacking from cabinet posts, almost 10 years ago, by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A three-man panel led by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum unanimously granted leave to Anwar to appeal to the Federal Court against a High Court’s ruling that his dismissal as deputy prime minister and finance minister was lawfully executed by Dr Mahathir.

Following this outcome, the Federal Court will determine two questions of law — whether Anwar’s sacking was unconstitutional or not, and whether Dr Mahathir could sack his deputy, without first advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The court has yet to fix the date to hear Anwar’s final appeal. Anwar was ordered by the court to file the record of appeal within 14 days.

Anwar was represented by lawyers Karpal Singh, Ram Karpal Singh, S. N. Nair and Nicholas Netto. Anwar was not present in court.

Karpal argued that Anwar, who is the applicant in the appeal, agreed not to seek reinstatement of his position as deputy prime minister and finance minister as the matter was academic. Instead, Anwar wants the court to award him damages.

Full article here.

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This is going to be interesting. The two arch-enemies are going to face-off.

I wonder if Dr M is going to post anything on his blog on this decision by the courts. Especially since these days, his name has not be particularly good-smelling in the realm of judiciary.



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