Malaysiakini has the report below.
|Aug 7, 08 9:08am |
Malaysiakini breaking news http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/87391 reports that PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded not guilty to the charge of having carnal intercourse against the order of nature at the Sessions Court in Jalan Duta court complex this morning.
"This is a malicious slander and I'm not guilty," he told Sessions judge SM Komathy.
The prosecution did not oppose bail and proposed the amount be set at RM20,000 and that Anwar be required to surrender his passport.
Judge Komathy agreed to release Anwar on RM20,000 personal bond without surety.
She also said that Anwar need not surrender his passport as the opposition leader was not likely to abscond.
After the date was fixed, Anwar and his lawyers then left the courtroom.
The charge, preferred following a complaint by 23-year-old Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, carries a punishment of up to 20 years' imprisonment if found guilty.
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.
Appeared relax and compose
Earlier today, Anwar arrived at 9.45am to chants of reformasi from 200 supporters who have gathered outside the court complex. He was accompaned by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and eldest daughter Nurul Izzah.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng read out a short joint statement from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Other Pakatan leaders present include PKR leaders Azmin Ali and Tian Chua, DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang and Gobind Singh Deo and PAS leader Husam Musa.
Anwar is represented by a seven-member legal team headed by Sulaiman Abdullah. The other defence lawyers are R Sivarasa, Sankara Nair, Saiful Izham Ramli, Amer Hamzah, Edmund Bon and Leela J Jesuthasan.
There are also other lawyers who are holding watching brief for Bar Council and Washington-based Human Rights Watch, Paris-based International for Human Rights and Bangkok-based Forum Asia.
The police have put the entire court complex under heavy security, with police personnel lining up along the roads leading to the complex, as well as within the complex itself.
Had bail been denied, as was the case when he was charged 10 years ago, Anwar would be detained and will have to fight his Permatang Pauh by-election behind bars. - Malaysiakini