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Court to hear Anwar's application to challenge prison decision Feb 14

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- The High Court here today set Feb 14 next year to hear the application for judicial review filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his family to challenge the Sungai Buloh Prison's decision that disallowed him from having physical contact with them when they visit him at the prison.

Senior Assistant Registrar Firdaus Sidqi Sharil Azli set the date in chambers in the presence of counsel Shahid Adli Kamarudin, representing Anwar and his family. The case will be heard before Judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad.

On Nov 3, Anwar and his family obtained leave to initiate a judicial review to challenge the decision.

Besides the 68-year-old Anwar, other applicants of the judicial review were his wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, 63, his daughters - Nurul Izzah, 35; Nurul Nuha, 32; Nurul Ilham, 28; and Nurul Iman, 25; and his four grandchildren.

They named Sungai Buloh Prison Director, Commissioner General of Prisons and Home Minister as the respondents.

They are seeking an order to quash the decision of the Sungai Buloh Prison director made on March 14.

The family claimed that during their visits once every three weeks, they could only communicate with Anwar, who is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, through the telephone, as a glass panel had been placed between them, barring any physical contact.



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