Court allows Umno lawyer Shafee to lead government’s Sodomy II appeal

(MM) – The Court of Appeal unanimously ruled today to allow Datuk Seri Mohd Shafee Abdullah to lead Putrajaya’s appeal against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal of a second sodomy charge.

The three-man panel of judges led by Datuk Ramly Ali said they found no issues with the prominent Umno lawyer’s appointment by the Attorney-General, adding there were mo substantial grounds to prove that Shafee is unfit to assume the duties of a deputy public prosecutor (DPP).

The panel, which also included Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Datuk Rohana Yusof, said provisions under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) governing appointments of private lawyers must be read together and not individually.