Why is Shafee leading prosecution against Anwar?

Why is Shafee leading prosecution against Anwar, Surendran asks Najib

The Prime Minister must explain why his personal lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, has been chosen to lead the prosecution against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said PKR vice-president N. Surendran (pic, left).

“Najib must break his silence, and explain why his personal lawyer has been chosen to conduct the prosecution against Anwar.”

Surendran was responding to the insistence of the Federal Court to use Shafee as prosecutor in the government’s appeal against Anwar’s acquittal of a second sodomy charge.

“The Malaysian public is entitled to know,” Surendran said in a statement.

In rejecting Anwar’s appeal, the Federal Court ruled yesterday that there was no conflict of interest in Putrajaya’s decision to appoint the prominent Umno lawyer to act as deputy public prosecutor.

Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Mohd Rauf Sharif, who chaired a five-man bench, said the law allowed anyone who was fit to be appointed as prosecutor.

“The shocking decision plunges prosecutorial standards in Malaysia to a disgraceful new low and further undermines public confidence in the judiciary, as it deprives Anwar Ibrahim of his basic constitutional right that the prosecution against him be conducted fairly and ethically,” Surendran said.

Surendran added that Shafee was at Najib’s residence when Saiful Azlan Bukhari met with Najib, claiming that Anwar sodomised him.

Aside from being Najib’s personal lawyer, Surendran said, Shafee also has close links with Umno.

“Knowing the political animosity of Najib and Umno against Anwar, how can the Federal Court allow Shafee Abdullah to be prosecutor against Anwar?”

Surendran added that the court had failed in its duty to oversee justice for Anwar as an accused person seeking redress from the courts.

Why is Shafee leading prosecution against Anwar, Surendran asks Najib
November 22, 2013 – TMI


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