Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Anwar to be charged Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR: Police on Wednesday served notice to PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to appear at the Jalan Duta sessions court here at 10am Thursday.

The notice was served at Anwar's house, says his lawyer Sankara Nair.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed that the police had served Anwar with a written notice requesting he present himself at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court here at 10am Thursday to answer to sodomy charges.

It is learnt that Brickfields CID chief Deputy Supt Jude Pereira served the order on Anwar personally at his house in Bukit Segambut at about 12.15pm Wednesday.

"We carried out our investigations in accordance with the existing laws of our country and forwarded our findings to the Attorney-General's Chambers for their advice.

"The A-G's Chambers has decided to charge Anwar,'' he said.

Anwar is expected to be charged either under Section 377A or Section 377C of the Penal Code.
Section 377A covers carnal intercourse against the order of nature and carries a maximum of 20 years' jail and whipping.

It reads as follows: "Any person who has sexual connection with another person by the introduction of the penis into the anus or mouth of the other person is said to commit carnal intercourse against the order of nature."

Section 377C reads: "Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature on another person without the consent, or against the will, of the other person, or by putting the other person in fear of death or hurt to the person or any other person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than 20 years, and shall also be liable to whipping."

Sections 377A and 377C are both non-bailable offences. However, under Section 388 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the court has the discretion to grant bail.

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