PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court affirmed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's five-years jail for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan seven years ago.
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria who chaired a five-man bench made the ruling after it had convicted Anwar of the offence.
Earlier, the court ruled that there was overwhelming evidence that Mohd Saiful was sodomised by his former boss Anwar.
"We agree with the Court of Appeal that the case was proven beyond reasonable doubt," Arifin said before dismissing Anwar's appeal.
Anwar, 67, was calm as he hugged his family members and supporters in court, some crying.
On Jan 9, 2012, the Kuala Lumpur High Court acquitted Anwar of committing unnatural carnal intercourse against Saiful, 30, at Unit 11-5-1 of Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The court ruled that the samples could have been compromised before they reached the Chemistry Department for analysis.
A total of 27 prosecution witnesses, including Saiful and eight defence witnesses, including Anwar, testified in the course of the nearly three-year trial.
However, the Court of Appeal reversed the acquittal on March 7 last year and sentenced him to five years’ jail, ruling that the lower court had erred in its finding that the integrity of the DNA samples in the case was compromised.
Other members of today's Federal Court bench are Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali.