Don’t fight Sodomy II verdict, Bar tells A-G

(The Malaysian Insider) – Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee today urged the Attorney-General (A-G) not to appeal against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy acquittal and to instead focus on more serious crimes.

The Bar Council chief said the High Court had ruled fairly in the case, and based his decision on the principles of natural justice.

“The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds,” he said in a statement today, adding the law “criminalises” sexual relations between two consenting adults.

Lim said the sodomy charge against the opposition leader was based on an “archaic” provision of the Penal Code and should never have been used.

This morning, trial judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled that the prosecution had not done enough to prove Anwar had committed sodomy against former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 26.