Anwar released on bondPosted: August 7, 2008
UPDATE 2 (5:32 pm NZ time):
From Din Merican: Anwar was charged with having committed sodomy on Saiful under section 377B of the Penal Code on June 26 between 3.01pm and 4.30pm at Unit 11-5-1 Desa Damansara Condo in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
According to a lawyer, section 377B refers to consensual sex, not assault.
Moderator’s note: If it’s consensual sex, then shouldn’t Saiful be charged too? Maybe we have to wait a little while for Saiful to be charged?
From Anil Netto:Reports of massive traffic jams around the court area. Hundreds of police in the vicinity of the court. Two hundred reformasi supporter also present.
Anwar pleaded not guilty and the Judge has agreed to release him on RM20,000 personal bond without surety at the Sessions Court this morning.
The mention has been fixed for 10 Sept – a week before the 16 Sept deadline!
Original posting August 6th, 5:41pm:
Anwar has been summoned to appear in Court tomorrow, August 7th.
Anwar’s birthday is on August 8th. This is something I read somewhere, some time ago. (Apparently it’s August 10th. Sorry for the mistake.)
Nomination date for the Permatang Pauh by-elections is August 16th.
Polling day for Permatang Pauh is August 26th.
This is going to be a busy month for Anwar Ibrahim.
It’s funny how the announcement of the nomination and polling dates for Permatang Pauh came hand-in-hand, almost, with the notice sent to Anwar Ibrahim summoning him to appear in Court tomorrow.
It made me ask myself this question, would Anwar still be eligible for nomination in Permatang Pauh? Looking into the Elections Commission website, this is what I found on the eligibility of a candidate:
In the Malaysian system of elections, a candidate contesting can either represent a party or stand as an independent candidate. He is qualified to be a candidate in any election if he fulfills the following:
i) he is a Malaysian citizen and a resident of the country;
ii) he must not be less than 21 years of age on nomination day; and
iii) he must be a resident of the State if contesting a state seat.
A candidate will be disqualified if he :
i) has been found or declared to be of unsound mind; or
ii) found to be an undischarged bankrupt; or
iii) holding an “office of profit”; or
iv) failed to lodge any return of election expenses; or
v) has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in Malaysia and sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than 1 year or to a fine of not less than RM2000 and has not received a free pardon; or
vi) has obtained a foreign citizenship.
So. Anwar will be eligible for nomination if he has yet to be convicted of any crime, sodomy in this case, come August 16. But say IF he gets convicted AFTER Aug 16, but before Aug 26, then what happens?
In the case of a member of Hindraf being detained under the ISA, and yet winning in his seat in the last General Elections, I’m assuming that he still has his seat, and was eligible to be voted on, because he was detained under the ISA, and never convicted or charged of anything to date.
That situation is considerably different from the one Anwar is facing at this moment, because Anwar’s case has been investigated for a whole month now, and they will be charging him under Section 377C tomorrow.
I’m ASSUMING that Anwar’s case will not be heard any time before the polling day in Permatang Pauh. And even if it’s heard, I doubt there would be a verdict before the important day for Permatang Pauh.
So IF Anwar gets convicted AFTER he has become MP for Permatang Pauh, then the seat will be empty again, and there will be another by-election? Wan Azizah for the seat again? .. Perhaps I’m looking too far. Possibly in the wrong direction too. I’m no good at predicting the future.
But anyway, if they’re going to be charging Anwar tomorrow, then Anwar should be getting the copy of Saiful’s police report made against him. Or at least, that’s what I understand from what the police said before this.
I wonder if anyone will be posting a copy of the police report on the Internet?