Anwar no show, ordered to pay RM3,000

(Bernama) — The High Court here today ordered Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to pay RM3,000 in cost to Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin, following the postponement of a RM10 million suit filed by the former.

Judge Rosilah Yop made the ruling after dismissing an application by Anwar’s lawyer, R. Sivarasa, for hearing of the case, which was scheduled for today, to be postponed as his client was in Sabah.

Sivarasa said his client was in Sabah since yesterday for various activities for the coming general election.

Rosilah set May 2 for hearing.

Anwar had filed the suit on Aug 22, 2008 over Hamzah’s allegation that he (Anwar) had harassed his (Hamzah’s) wife in 1998 which was published in a Chinese daily, Kwong Wah Jit Poh, on Aug 19, 2008, with the title ‘Anwar Harassed My Wife’.

Earlier, Rosilah dismissed Anwar’s application to bring a compact disc which he claimed was relevant to the case to the forensic for analysis before the trial began.

Rosilah said that could be done during the trial.