Thursday, March 4, 2010

Anwar's Trial

Today's cash collection was more than decent - we counted RM30. This brings the total amount that we have raised so far to RM821.

I am very much disturbed by the ongoing court case against Anwar Ibrahim. I follow the proceedings religiously and I do not believe he is getting a fair deal.

On February 25, the Federal Court dismissed Anwar Ibrahim’s request to review its own January 29 decision barring his legal team from getting more key evidence (CCTV footage, medical reports and witness statements) from the prosecutors in his ongoing sodomy trial – by concluding that it did not have jurisdiction to do so.

As P Ramakrishnan wrote: “In doing so, the Federal Court not only denied Anwar his right to that information, but it denied itself its inherent right to review an injustice and provide a remedy. As the apex court, why should it restrict its jurisdiction in matters of right and wrong?”

Read this enlightening article at webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/55010-federal-court-has-put-itself-in-a-spot--p-ramakrishnan. As a layman, I am baffled by this outcome. Before we arrive at any such decision, shouldn’t we examine whether it serves the interests of justice in the first place?

The same P Ramakrishnan had declared that Anwar Ibrahim can forget about getting justice from the Malaysian judicial system. He wrote in another article (webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/54604-only-divine-intervention-can-assure-justice-for-anwar--p-ramakrishnan): “We witnessed this nauseating so-called judicial process in both the trials concerning Anwar’s sodomy and corruption trials in 1999. In the first sodomy trial the charges were amended three times because the authorities did not know the definite date to conclusively state when the so-called sodomy was believed to have taken place then.

In the corruption trial, the presiding judge made it so difficult for the defense to mount a serious challenge to the charge. The judge even decided that he should be convinced of the relevance of the point before the defense was allowed to question the prosecution witnesses. It was so outrageously unjust that it led Malaysians to believe that Anwar had to be convicted no matter what.

Are we witnessing a similar scenario in this instance where Anwar is on trial for the second time charged with, of all things, another sodomy?

The way things are moving, it seems, only divine intervention can save him from the injustice he is being subjected to”.

Well, P Ramakrishnan is right – this whole affair is nauseating and vomit-inducing, and this is to put it very politely. I am really sorry for Anwar – his persecution – that’s how I see it – is relentless, unceasing and vicious. I pray Anwar is strong enough to overcome these challenges that the powers-that-be have orchestrated.

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