Pasukan peguam Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim membantah perlantikan peguam pro Umno, Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah yang mengetuai pasukan pendakwaan bagi kes rayuan Fitnah II di Mahkamah Rayuan Putrajaya.
Menurut Anwar, notis bantahan diserahkan kepada mahkamah kerana jelas kes tersebut bermotif politik dan bertujuan menghentikan kegiatan politik beliau.
“Kita mempersoal kepentingan kerajaan dalam melantik Shafee yang jelas prejudis terhadap kes ini untuk mengetuai pendakwaan,” kata Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu kepada media.
“Dengan sikap prejudis Shafee mustahil kes ini ditangani secara profesional, kita faham mungkin kerajaan kekurangan peguam profesional untuk mengetuai kes ini,” sinis beliau.
Shafee sebelum ini mendapat kecaman pengguna internet kerana dikatakan merangka konspirasi dengan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk memusnahkan imej Ketua Pembangkang itu.
Dalam pada itu, Anwar turut menyifatkan rayuan kes itu sebagai dendam kesumat Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail serta Najib Razak , meskipun beliau dibuktikan tidak bersalah pada 9 Januari tahun lalu.
“Saya telah jelaskan bahawa rayuan ini adalah kerana dendam kesumat Peguam Negara dan keputusan kerajaan untuk meneruskan kes ini kerana Najib yang mahu menghalang kebebasan yang saya perolehi,” katanya.
Anwar diwakil peguam, Karpal Singh dan Ramkarpal. Bagaimanapun, Karpal tidak dapat hadir kerana sakit dan dimasukkan ke hospital.
Mahkamah kemudiannya menangguhkan perbicaraan sehingga 1 Ogos 2013 untuk pengurusan kes dan menetapkan satu tarikh baru untuk perbicaraan.- keadilandaily
Appeal adjourned, Anwar objects to Shafee's selection...
The Court of Appeal has adjourned the prosecution's appeal against Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal in the Sodomy II case and fixed case management for Aug 1 before a registrar.
The three-member bench made the decision as the opposition leader's lead counsel Karpal Singh was hospitalised.
Meanwhile, Anwar questioned the appointment of senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (right), who is in private practice, to represent the prosecution.
The opposition leader said he directed his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh to raise an objection over the matter.
Ramkarpal raised the objection in court but Justice Ramly Ali, who is leading the three-member Court of Appeal bench, said the matter should be raised during the hearing proper.
Ramkarpal showed to the court a letter stating that his father had been admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's orthopaedic institute since Saturday due to backache.
'Lack of resourceful personnel'
Met outside the court, Anwar who had returned from campaigning in Kuala Besut last night, asked if the Attorney-General's Chambers lacked resourceful personnel.
"Surely they can find someone else to represent the prosecution. He (Shafee) has been involved with proceedings against me and has been known to cast aspersions within and outside the court against me for whatever reason," he added.
Shafee has represented Umno in various cases.
"The AG did not appeal against the Altantuya Shaariibuu case (which saw political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda) acquitted, and also did not charge many corruption cases," continued Anwar.
"Yet he has decided to appeal in my case when there should not be an appeal filed in the first place. This is a malicious prosecution by the government since 1998 to curb my political activities," he said.
Anwar claimed that the AG chose to do this on the instruction of Umno government leaders to frustrate him.
Not member of political party
Shafee said he received a letter on July 11 signed by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail on his appointment to lead the prosecution.
"This has been done before as in the Teoh Beng Hock case, where the AG appointed Tan Hock Chuan," he added.
Earlier, he disclosed in court that the AG had appointed him under Section 376 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows the appointment of lawyers as deputy public prosecutors or senior DPPs.
He will lead the prosecution's case in this appeal and is seen as replacing solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden (right) who led the team throughout the trial, but who has gone into early retirement.
The senior lawyer also told reporters outside court there was nothing controversial over his appointment as although he has represented Umno, he is not a member of any political party.
He further asked reporters what were the political motives of those who questioned his appointment.
"I am not even a politician. I am not a member of any political party. Many people do not know that.
"I'll be insulted if I am appointed for political purposes, I would like to think that I am appointed because I am capable," said Shafee, who was once in the AG Chambers before going into private practice.
‘Prosecution has strong case'
Shafee also denied there was conflict of interest for him to appear in this case.
"It can only be conflict of interest if I have acted for Anwar before in a case that has a relationship with the current case. Otherwise there is none," he explained.
Shafee said he had read the entire record of appeal and feels the prosecution has a strong case.
"I would like to believe that because the only reason for acquittal was apparently the issue of the exhibit of being possibly tampered. I found no evidence of that.
"There was a total misinterpretation and I would like to put the record straight during the appeal. It is a narrow issue. The appeal is very narrow and very focused.
"That brings back to the position how could there possible be a conflict when we are going to argue so clinically just on that issue."
He described his appointment as a prosecutor, as a public service which he would do even there is no emolument, adding the appointment to appear for this case at the Court of Appeal only.
Besides Justice Ramly, the others on the panel are Justices Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Mohd Zawawi Salleh.-malaysiakini