Qazaf: Anwar given Three Weeks to submit Appeal

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- The Syariah Court of Appeal here gave opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim three weeks to present his written submission on the application for his 'qazaf' appeal which was dismissed by the High Court.

In the proceedings Friday, the court also heard the application for amendment made by Anwar as the appellant, to include the word 'overall' which was said to have been left out in the notice of appeal, on April 23 last year.

The High Court had earlier rejected Anwar's application for an order on the prosecution represented by Federal Territory Head of Syariah Prosecution Shamsuddin Hussain to proceed with the qazaf charge against his former personal assistant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 25.

Subsequently, Anwar, 63, had filed an appeal against the High Court's decision on April 23, last year.

Qazaf is a charge made against an individual for adultery without bringing four male witnesses, and upon conviction, the individual concerned could be jailed up to three years or a fine of RM5,000 or both.

Anwar, as the appellant, had named three respondents in his application, namely Federal Territory Syariah Prosecution Head Shamsuddin Hussain, Director of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) Datuk Che Mat Che Ali and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.

On Feb 9, last year, all three respondents filed preliminary objections against Anwar's application on grounds that the Syariah High Court did not have the jurisdiction to hear and decide on the qazaf application.

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