The High Court has set Feb 5 and 6 to review Session Court judge Komathy Suppiah’s decision to retain Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial at her court.
Lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah had written a letter on Nov 13 asking for a postponement as he had a case at the Commercial High Court on Thursday.
High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah also granted an application by the defence to excuse Anwar from attending court during the revision hearing.
Anwar, 61, was charged at Komathy’s Sessions Court with sodomising a former aide Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, on June 26.
The prosecution sought to have the case transferred to the High Court but the defence objected saying that the transfer certificate was signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was to have no involvement in the case.
On Nov 7, Komathy decided that the trial would stay in her court after ruling that the transfer certificate was invalid.
The prosecution filed for a revision as well as an appeal against that decision at the High Court.
Lead prosecutor Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden told the High Court judge on Thursday that the prosecution would submit a written submission to the court and the defence team a week earlier before the revision application is heard on Feb 5 next year.
Speaking to reporters later, Anwar said he just wanted the matter to be disposed off fast.