The Court of Appeal has been manipulated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to halt the rakyat’s march in Kajang and Selangor, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
Speaking to reporters at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, Anwar said eyebrows had been raised at the manner in which the appellate court had handled his case.
“The appellate court has clearly been manipulated by Najib to stop the rakyat from marching in Kajang and Selangor and onwards towards Putrajaya,” Anwar said.
As Anwar exited the building, cries of ‘Reformasi!’ rocked the Palace of Justice as several hundred supporters cheered him, despite today’s proceeding not being in his favour.
Several PKR leaders rallied the crowd, railing against the injustice which had been committed against Anwar today and vowing that they would continue their work in Kajang.
Flanked by his daughter Nurul Izzah, Karpal Singh, Azmin Ali and Batu MP Tian Chua, Anwar said they would file an appeal on Monday.
“The reversal of any decision should be carefully considered and evaluated, but the appellate court could not wait as they were following a script,” Anwar said.
“We will file an appeal to the Federal Court because we are confident with our facts and information,” he added.
Asked who will be PKR’s candidate for the Kajang state seat since he had been ruled out of the running, Anwar said they would rethink their strategy.
Anwar’s legal counsel, Karpal Singh told reporters that what had been done in the Palace of Justice today was a travesty of justice.
“There were representatives from foreign countries watching the trial and they have seen it firsthand now,” he told reporters outside the appeal courtroom.
“There is clearly a blatant disregard by the appellate court of the facts of the case and the law.”
“It is shocking to hear the three-men panel state that under the circumstances, they could not wait for my medical records,” Anwar said.
He said the people of Malaysia will have their own views on the case, especially the controversial manner in which it had been conducted.
“Putrajaya is not interested in economic malaise, endemic corruption and rising crime.
“They are focused on killing, assassinating political opponents.
“Today Anwar, on March 11, Karpal. I think it is time that we warn Najib and the arrogant Umno leadership that they must be prepared to face the wrath of the people.
“That is Umno’s fear, that once Pakatan Rakyat gets into Putrajaya, we cannot be moved,” Anwar said.
He said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin had attacked him.
“This is clearly an attempt to deny me. That is why they are doing this now. Once we get in, that is the end of Umno.”
“They have underestimated the wrath of the people. They are not God and I believe in the wisdom of the people.”
Meanwhile, Anwar’s wife and PKR president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today’s proceedings had been conducted in the Palace of Justice, but inside there was only injustice.
The Court of Appeal today reversed the High Court acquittal of Anwar in the Sodomy II case and sentenced him to five years in jail. – March 7, 2014.