Saiful to be cross-examined today

(Bernama) — The sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the High Court here, which will enter its fourth day today, will see the defence team cross examining the complainant in the case, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Mohd Saiful is expected to be cross examined by counsel Karpal Singh, who is heading the defence team comprising Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, Datuk C.V. Prabhakaran, S.N. Nair, Ram Karpal Singh Deo, Marisa Regina Fernando and Mohd Razlan Jalaluddin.

Mohd Saiful is the first prosecution witness in the trial of Anwar, who is accused of sodomising Mohd Saiful at Unit 11-5-1 Kondominium Desa Damansara, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.01 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008.

Anwar, 63, who is Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor and the Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh, is charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code and could be sentenced up to 20 years in jail and whipping upon conviction.

The case is being heard by High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah.

Meanwhile, the prosecution led by Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohamed Yusof Zainal Abiden concluded the examination-in-chief of Mohd Saiful, on Friday.

Mohd Yusof is being assisted by deputy public prosecutors Datuk Nordin Hassan, Wong Chiang Kiat, Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria, Noorin Badaruddin, Farah Azlina Latif, Mira Mirna Musa and Naidatul Athirah Azman.

Mohd Saiful, 25, began his testimony on Wednesday.