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Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Another D-Day for Anwar
Federal Court Review Failed, Now for Royal Pardon

::Today is another big D-Day [Decision Day] for Anwar. Will the Federal Court review of its decision to reject Anwar’s appeal against his conviction on corruption charges?
According to Malaysiakini, which is covering the event live, the judges have started reading their decision.
A decision in Anwar's favour will allow him to return to mainstream political life. Otherwise he will have to wait till 2008!.
Anwar has served his jail term for the conviction, the sentence was for 6 years but with the usual one-third remission for good behaviour, he had to serve a total of 4 years. His jail term ended on 14th April 2003.
With Anwar still in Germany, the crowd gathered outside the Palace of Justice [Istana Keadlian] is much smaller than on 2nd September.
BBC correspondent in Kuala Lumpur, Jonathan Kent, reports that Anwar awaits key court decision
The Star does not appear bothered by this other D-Day for Anwar, it instead concentrated on the Copycat Tester, Door closed for Anwar and Khairy and his need to live up to high expectations.

At 1013hrs,
Bursa Malaysia CI up 3.13
Resorts is down 5 sen

At 1818hrs
Malaysiakini reports :: Federal Court rejects Anwar’s corruption appeal. Another D-Day over for Anwar. The Federal Court, presided by Court of Appeal president Abdul Malek Ahmad and Federal Court justices Siti Norma Yaakob and Alauddin Mohd Sherif, ruled unanimously that its previous decision to uphold a High Court ruling that found Anwar guilty was in order.
It looks like win one, lose one [or should it be lose many?]

BBC reports :: Malaysia's Anwar loses court bid. It also says that Anwar's lawyer told Reuters news agency that Mr Anwar would now seek a royal pardon to clear his name completely.

CNN has also reported that Anwar's lawyer says that the next step is for him to seek royal clemency.
"There's not any more legal avenue, except for executive clemency," Anwar's lawyer Karpal Singh told reporters after the ruling.
"That's where the direction should go from here. He would file for pardon and I will ask him to do so," Reuters news service reports Singh saying.

In the same report, Anwar is quoted as saying that he is not in a rush to return to politics.
My interest is not participating in politics right now," Anwar told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Foreign Correspondent program.
"My interest is national unity, peace, and we have to grapple with the complex issue of terrorism and the way Islam is being demonized," he said. (Full story):: Anwar forgives, but won't forget


Earlier before being freed on 2nd September, Anwar had said that he would not be seeking a Royal Pardon. But times have changed and if time is of the essence where his return to political life is concerned, a Royal Pardon may be his next move. Lets wait and see.

Update
It appears that Karpal Singh has got it wrong. According to a report in Malaysiakini, Anwar is not expected to seek a Royal Pardon. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth chief Mohd Ezam Mohd Noor said he sees no reason why Anwar would ask for a pardon. Anwar’s lead counsel Christopher Fernando has also said that Anwar had not given any instructions to seek for a pardon. But then again it would be Anwar who would have the final say. When the final tag came, Lim Guan Eng did seek for a Royal Pardon just before the 11th election. Even without a Royal Pardon, there is life still for one like Anwar in the next four years or so. Lets see what is on his agenda.

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