17 October 2011

Prosecution to call rebuttal witnesses...

With the defence opting not to call former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan and former Malacca police chief Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof to take the stand in the sodomy trial, the prosecution may instead call rebuttal witnesses.

The prosecution has kept a tight lid on the identity of about three or four rebuttal witnesses as hearing resumes today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

However, solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden had indicated to Malaysiakini that their testimony will be relatively short.

These witnesses are called to rebut the testimony by the foreign expert witnesses for the accused, Anwar Ibrahim. They included Dr Thomas Hoogland - the Dutch orthopaedic surgeon who performed surgery on Anwar's back.

Hoogland had testified that it was not probable that Anwar could performed the alleged sex act on the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a former aide of the opposition politician.

10.40am: Yusof says there were issues brought up by the seventh defence witness Hoogland"s testimony on whether Anwar could do it.

Following this, he said we will apply for leave to call a rebuttal witness.

Karpal says the defence has no objection, but subject to evidence from rules of admissability.

10.38am: Court starts with Justice Zabidin presiding.

10.42am: Yusof says there will be four rebuttal witnesses, with questioning to be done by DPP Nordin Hassan.

Justice Zabidin will hear their testimonies tomorrow.

10.44am: Court adjourns.


Defence may object ‘rebuttal’ witnesses


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