The resolution, adopted by the Geneva based IPU on Oct 6, noted procedural irregularities, based on a report by Queens Counsel, Mark Trowell, which was handed over to the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, compromising the prosecution's case.
Trowell, who has been an observer at the trial had submitted the 24 -page report to the IPU.
"Trowell provides a detailed analysis of this question and arrives at the conclusion that `since the prosecution case has been completely compromised, the public interest would justify discontinuing the proceedings.
"It noted that the Malaysian delegation's the view that this did not take into account the interest of the victim in receiving justice." the resolution states.
It is learnt Malaysia was represented by Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong and Nancy Shukri (MP for Batang Sadong). Questions had been raised over Wee's presence at the IPU in the Malaysian delegation, as according to Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair, the Permatang Pauh MP has a suit pending against the deputy education Minister.
"His presence there representing Malaysia's MPs, is certainly in question as he did not state his interest to the union because Anwar has a defamation suit pending against him," Sankara said.
IPU in its resolution endorses the circumstances in the conclusion arrived at by Trowell.
In April IPU, had in its resolutions claimed that the prosecution's case was riddled with defects.
Discrepancies in Anwar's trial noted
It also recognises that a balance has to be struck between the interest of the complainant and the accused, but considers in this instance it cannot serve the interest of justice to continue pursuing a case which is heavily compromised and gravely impairs the rights of the accused.
Trowell in his report struck the chord of discrepancy plaguing Anwar's trial:
* The complaint was brought against the opposition leader, just as he was returning to the political scene;
* The complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's visit to the Deputy Prime Minister and a senior assistant commissioner before filing a complaint;
* The fact the attorney general (Abdul Gani Patail), the main prosecutor in the first sodomy proceedings has been involved in the present case and also he being investigated by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency following allegations of fabricating of evidence;
* The almost systematic rejection of all defence application for disclosure of prosecution evidence, which it would need in order to mount the defence; and,
* The relationship between a member of the prosecution team (Farah Azlina Latif) with complainant (Saiful), (left)was accepted as true by the High Court
Committee to continue monitoring trial
IPU in its resolution also notes that the judge, Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, had rejected the defence's application to strike out the charge following the alleged affair, and would request the continued presence of an observer to be present at crucial hearings. It also calls for equality between the prosecution and defence -- an essential element of a fair trial. Failing which it would be deemed that judgments issued by the court will be fundamentally flawed.
It stresses the need for Malaysia to respect the United Nations Human Rights Council, of which it (Malaysia) is a member, and as such it should uphold the highest standards in promoting and protecting human rights. The IPU calls the Malaysian Parliament to do much more to ensure due administration of justice.
The union directed its secretary-general, to convey this resolution to Malaysia's parliament, Anwar, his lawyers and other interested parties. It also urged the Committee of the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, to continue examining the case and submit a report at its 124th IPU Assembly scheduled for April 2011.
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