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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Anwar case: Farah's transfer second in matter of months

The transfer of Farah Azlina Latif from the Prosecution Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers over an alleged affair with star witness Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan will be her second in a matter of months.

Sources with the Attorney-General's Chambers revealed that several months ago, Farah was transferred from the Appeals and Trials Division to the Commercial Crime Unit under the Prosecution Division after getting a promotion.

abdul gani patailHowever, it is not known to which division she will be sent next, following her marching orders from attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail (left).

Besides the Prosecution and Appeals and Trials divisions, there are eight others namely the International Affairs, Drafting, Advisory, Research, Law Revision and Reform, Civil and Management divisions.

Yesterday Abdul Gani announced that Farah Azlina was dropped from the prosecution team in Anwar Ibrahim's current sodomy trial.

Abdul Gani said Farah Azlina was also dropped from the Prosecution Division as the Attorney-General's Chambers "cannot compromise" on any issue that can tarnish the image or credibility of the department.

"This can be very difficult for us but any personal matter, if it can have any implication in whatever form on the department, will be handled very seriously," he told reporters at a press conference at his office at Putrajaya yesterday.

Prior to all this happening, it is learnt Farah was supposed to get married only to cancel it a week before the scheduled date. The reason for the cancellation remains unknown.

The allegations first appeared in an article on Raja Petra Kamaruddin's website Malaysia Today on July 22.

Certain quarters are also questioning Abdul Gani's actions in removing Farah from the Prosecution Division before conducting a probe into the matter.

NONEIt is learnt Saiful (right), who is said to be engaged to a former media personality, may or may not issue a statement on the matter "when the time is right".

Farah was initially not part of the prosecution team in Anwar's trial but was brought in after one of the DPPs tasked with taking notes of the proceedings had resigned.

She took over that task but had nothing to do with the prosecuting of the case, revealed Abdul Gani.

'Affair' to take centre stage

Anwar's sodomy trial resumes on Monday where this issue and not the cross-examination is expected to take centre stage.

This follows a letter despatched by Anwar's lawyer to Abdul Gani and solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, who is the lead prosecutor, wanting them to explain the truth over the alleged affair.

"There will be serious repercussions on the prosecution's integrity as Saiful is the star witness and the complainant would have access to sensitive and vital information," he said.

Questions are also raised over whether the trial may continue after Sankara had also received confirmation from the Court of Appeal registrar yesterday, which had fixed Aug 6 to hear Anwar's appeal to get the medical notes made by three Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) doctors.

Anwar's legal team failed to get the notes when trial judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had on June 18 ruled there was no provision or legal basis for such documents to be supplied to the defence.

Anwar and his legal team wanted to get the doctors' notes and other materials to help them in the cross-examination of the HKL doctors.

Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim is the first of the three doctors to testify, with the defence scheduled to cross-examine him on resumption of the trial.

sankara nair bukit aman teresea kok isa arrest pc 170908 01Sankara (right) said without the said items being provided to them in advance their experts will not be able to advise them on the cross-examination.

"On Aug 2 the prosecution is expected to put KLH doctors on the witness stand - and we will proceed with the cross-examination."

"With the appeal coming several days later it will pose a problem as the appeal should have been allowed to be heard first. This date will pose a problem to the defence as the Court of Appeal can only make a finding of fact on Aug 6," he said.

Sankara said it would be interesting to see whether the appellate court will overturn Justice Zabidin's ruling.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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