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Prison is where Anwar goes to

KUALA LUMPUR — February 10, 2015: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who failed in his final appeal today after the Federal Court found him guilty of sodomising a former aide, was taken to the Sungai Buloh prison this afternoon.

 

The opposition leader is believed to have been brought to the prison in a Nissan X-Trail sports uitlity vehicle (SUV).

 

The SUV, which was escorted by eight vehicles, was seen entering the prison compound after leaving the Federal Court about 3pm.

 

Sungai Buloh police chief Supt. Junaidi Bujang confirmed that Anwar was rought to the prison at 3.49pm.

 

It was a calm atmosphere outside the compound, with very few individuals, believed to be Anwar’s supporters taking the opportunity to take pictures of the vehicle carrying the PKR advisor.

 

Anwar’s arrival was tightly guarded by about 60 officers and personnel of the Prisons Department and police.

 

About 5.40 pm, his wife Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was seen arriving at the prison to hand over a bag believed to contain Anwar’s personal effects.

 

Also seen was Subang Member of Parliament R. Sivarasa who said Anwar would not be allowed to receive visitors today.

 

“I will meet Anwar tomorrow morning as the visiting time has yet to be determined,” he said.

 

The Federal Court ruled that Anwar, who is also Permatang Pauh MP, had failed in his final appeal against his conviction of sodomising his personal assistant Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan and upheld the five-year jail sentence imposed by the Appeals Court.

 

The verdict was delivered by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria who headed a panel of five judges in hearing his appeal. — Bernama

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A journalist since July 1976 with both the English and Malaya press and was with two newspaper groups before The Mole. Does corporate report-writing and translation in his free time. Currently also a contributing weekly rugby columnist for the New Straits Times.