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PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has reserved its judgment on the much-awaited hearing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's review application to set aside his sodomy conviction.

A five-men bench led by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad said the decision will be announced at a later date.

Retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who acted for Anwar, and Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid, who prosecuted, presented their submissions before the court today.

In Ahmad Kamal's submissions, he said the evidence involving DNA and the crime scene were not relevant in the review application.

Sri Ram in his submission argued on the integrity of the crime scene. saying that it should be the primary focus.

"The evidence in this case that was the act of sodomy took place at unit 11-5-1 but investigation showed that there was no carpet at the scene as it was at the adjacent. However, it was found in 11-5-2," the senior lawyer said.

He further submitted that there was no positive evidence found on the carpet or the towel.

Earlier, the court rejected Anwar's bid to have a fresh panel of judges to review the Feb 10, 2015 decision on his second sodomy case.

In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that there was no merit for them to recuse themselves from hearing the review and promised a fair hearing.

"We find that there is no merit for us to recuse ourselves from hearing the application. We shall give the applicant a fair hearing based on facts and evidence," Zulkefli.

The others presiding were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.

The same set of judges had previously sat as the Federal Court judges who had rejected Anwar's application to have former Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Ramli Yusof as defence witness.

Anwar filed the review application on April 30 last year after the Federal court on Feb 10, the same year affirmed his guilt for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

Anwar, 68, is currently serving a five-year jail term in Sungai Buloh prison.

Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) arriving at the Federal Court at Putrajaya for the hearing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali
Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) arriving at the Federal Court at Putrajaya for the hearing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali
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