Court of Appeal brings forward hearing on Anwar, Pardons Board’s case to March 18

PUTRAJAYA (Jan 27): The Court of Appeal here had today brought forward to March 18, 2021 from July 28, 2021 the hearing on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's (pictured) and the Pardons Board's appeal against the High Court's refusal to strike out a challenge brought by lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz against the pardon obtained by the opposition leader for his second sodomy conviction.

The Court of Appeal had after case management today fixed the March 18 hearing date as the court had time to hear the case on that day.

Mohd Khairul Azam is represented by lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla while Anwar is represented by lawyer J Leela.

The hearing was originally scheduled earlier this month.

The Court of Appeal had postponed the hearing due to Mohamed Haniff’s mother’s demise. 

Speaking to today, Leela confirmed that the hearing of the appeal has been brought forward to March 18, 2021.

In September 2020, Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir had dismissed Anwar's and the Pardons Board's bid to strike out Mohd Khairul Azam's suit and ruled the lawyer had locus standi (legal standing) to file the challenge.

Mohd Khairul Azam, in his suit filed on Feb 26, 2020, named Anwar and the Federal Territories Pardons Board as defendants.

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