Shafee: Representing against Anwar is a public service

( – “That is very officious in terms of remuneration. It is one of those public services when you are called upon to do. I will do it.

The Court of Appeal has postponed the appeal against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal on a sodomy charge to a later date.

The three-member bench comprising Justices Datuk Ramly Ali, Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh agreed to adjourn the case because the defence’s lead counsel Karpal Singh has been hospitalised since last Friday.

Ramkarpal Singh, who appeared in place of his father, also raised an objection against the appointment of Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah as the lead counsel for the prosecution.

Shafee was given a fiat (authority) and appointed by the attorney-general to argue the case on behalf of the prosecution on July 11.

Ramly, however, told Ramkarpal to raise the matter when the proceedings start.  Case management has been fixed for Aug 1 when trial dates would be decided.