Anwar’s lawyers say leaked submissions contempt of court

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 14 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers are enraged over news reports of the prosecution’s submissions leaked prior to be presented in court.

They will take appropriate action when the trial resumes proper this morning.

News Straits Times carried out a page 4 exclusive today, titled “New bid to get Anwar’s DNA” which outlined details of lead prosecutor Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden’s yet-to-be presented submissions.

Lead counsel for the defence Sankara Nair said that it is likely that they will push for contempt of court during today’s proceedings, before  trial judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah delivers a decision on whether to compel Anwar to provide DNA samples and a review of a trial-within-trial decision last week.

“This is a repeat of 1998, where affidavits were leaked. Trial by media at its highest. It may be contempt (of court).

“We will be discussing with our legal team before deciding, but most probably we will ask the court to stand down to discuss this.

“That is totally out of line. The AG is behaving like a political arm of the government,” Sankara told The Malaysian Insider this morning.