PUTRAJAYA, April 17 (Bernama) -- The Federal Court today dismissed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's request to be present in court next week to follow the proceedings of his application to nullify a provision in the Federal Constitution which allows bills to become law after 30 days without the king's assent.
Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif, who chaired a three-man court panel, dismissed the PKR de facto leader's exparte application for issuance of an "order to produce" to enable him to attend the hearing of his leave application, which had been set for April 23, to commence the constitutional challenge.
"We dismiss the application. No necessity for him to be present. The application (by Anwar) is for leave before a single judge," said Raus, who presided with Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop and Federal Court judge Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed.
Anwar, 70, is serving a five-year jail term at the Sungai Buloh Prison for sodomy.
His counsel, Latheefa Koya, applied for her client to be present at the hearing, saying that Anwar had the right to know what was happening to his case,which involved public interest.....