Following the major setback to Anwar Ibrahim after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that his arrest was legal, the trial resumed today with the recalling of two witnesses to officially admit three disputed items as evidence.
The items - a Cactus mineral water bottle, a ‘Good Morning’ towel and a white toothbrush - were retrieved from Anwar's cell after he was held overnight by the police on July 16, 2008.
The two witnesses - chemist Nor Aidora Saedon and former Crime Scene Investigation chief Supt (Rtd) Amidon Anan - were both involved in handling the items.
Nor Aidora had earlier testified the DNA retrieved from those items belonged to ‘Male Y’.
Following today's hearing, the prosecution is expected to close their case and the court will fix another day for submissions.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge will then decide on whether the prosecution has a prima facie case and thus requiring Anwar to mount his defence.
8.56am: The prosecutors led by solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden and defence lawyer Sankara Nair are in court.
9.11am: While the court interpreter asks everyone to get ready, Sankara and another defence lawyer Param Cumaraswamy as well as prosecutor Yusof are meeting High Court justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Yusof in his chambers.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has yet to arrive.
9.28am: Param and Yusof walk out of the judge's chambers. Sankara has left earlier.
9.29am: Anwar arrives with his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. He steps out of the courtroom presumably to have a chat with his lawyers.
9.43am: Lead defence lawyer Karpal Singh is wheeled into court. Anwar is back in the courtroom.
9.47am: Court called into session with justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah presiding.
Yusof wants to recall two witnesses.
Karpal interjects. He says the defence had already submitted an application for a review of yesterday's ruling.
However, judge says he will hear the testimony of the two witnesses.
Karpal objects. The application has to be heard first before the recalling the two witnesses, he argues.
Karpal: A hasty judge is a pertinent judge.
Judge Zabidin: I want to see you in chambers.