Thursday, July 12, 2012

What law reforms? Najib using the courts to JAIL ANWAR ahead of GE-13

Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:52
What law reforms? Najib using the courts to JAIL ANWAR ahead of GE-13 - Surendran
I refer to the petition of appeal filed on 11.7.12 by the Attorney-General's Chambers against the acquittal of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Fitnah II trial.
We are shocked that the A-G has proceeded with this appeal despite High Court Judge Zabidin Mohd Diah's clear factual finding of evidence-tampering by police.
This proves that the filing of the petition of appeal is politically motivated and and an attempt to jail Anwar before the 13th general election. Judge Zabidin Mohd Diah had found that the investigating officer had cut open the evidence bag (P 27) against all legal and investigative procedures and that the seals used were not tamper-proof.
The judge also strongly emphasised that there could be no confidence in the integrity of the samples. In the normal course of events the Court of Appeal would not interfere with these clear findings of fact.
The appeal is thus a deliberate misuse of prosecutorial powers and shows the extent to which the A-G's Chambers has been undermined and compromised by Najib and Umno-BN.
Appeal can't get through without approval from Najib & Umno
The evidence-tampering shows that there was an attempt to fabricate evidence against the parliamentary opposition leader and supports the defence case that there is a political conspiracy to taint and imprison Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Despite the pretence of democratization and reform, this appeal proves that Najib Razak is an unprincipled and authoritarian leader who will stop at nothing to cling on to power.
The prosecution of Anwar cannot happen without the approval and involvement of Najib and Umno-BN. Prime Minister Najib, UMNO-BN and the A-G must now immediately withdraw this legally untenable and baseless appeal against Anwar's acquittal.

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