KUALA LUMPUR — March 10, 2017: The High Court today dismissed an application by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his family to challenge a prison order to not allow him to have physical contact with his family during their visits.
Judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad ruled that a prisoner is subjected to orders and regulations by the prisons
director-general and that the court could not interfere in the decisions of the department.
The decision by the prison in not allowing physical contact during visits is not something that is not rational, invalid and against procedures, she said.
It is also not necessary for the prison to give reasons for rejecting the application.
“The fact is, the applicant (Anwar) is a convict and is subjected to all rders and regulations set by the prisons director-general,” she added.
Nik Hasmat ordered Anwar to pay costs of RM1,000 to the respondents.
Besides Anwar, 69, the other applicants named are his wife Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and their daughters Nurul Izzah, Nurul Nuha, Nurul Ilham and Nurul Iman.
Also named in the application are Nurul Izzah’s sons Raja Nur Safiyah, 10, and Raja Ahmad Harith, 8, and Nurul
Nuha’s sons Sulaimaan Mohamad Khairul and Yahya, aged five and four years respectively.
They sought an order to revoke a decision made on March 14, 2016, by the Sungai Buloh prison director in not allowing Anwar to have physical contact with family members during their visits to the prison.
They claimed that during the visits they were separated by a glass screen and could only speak with each other through the telephone.
Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year sentence after being found guilty of sodomising a former aide, is allowed
visitors once in three weeks.
In a letter sent through his solicitor in March 2, 2016, to the three respondents, Anwar applied to be allowed to have physical contact with his family members but it was rejected by the prison director.
Lawyer N. Surendran for the applicants said they would appeal today’s decision. — Bernama