AG Chambers: Decision to appeal Anwar’s acquittal not influenced by emotion

(Bernama) – The Attorney-General’s Chambers said today the decision to file an appeal against the High Court’s decision to acquit and discharge Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was based on evidence and the law.

It stressed that in making any decision, the department acts solely on the evidence and in accordance with the law, not influenced by any emotion or parties.

“The decision to file this notice of appeal will enable this department to obtain the full written judgment of the learned judge and the record of the proceedings from the High Court; and accordingly will be able to appreciate the grounds considered by the learned judge in arriving at that decision,” it said in a statement.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Jan 9, acquitted and discharged Anwar on a charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.

Justice Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mat Diah ruled that the court found the complainant’s testimony uncorroborated.

He also said that the court could not be 100 per cent certain that the integrity of the DNA samples was not compromised.

The appealed against the verdict was filed yesterday.