The High Court here today granted the prosecution an interim stay of execution of the court’s order to supply the documents sought by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, pending the disposal of the stay application on Friday.

On July 16, Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah allowed Anwar’s application and ordered the prosecution to supply the documents concerned within seven days. The seven-day period expires tomorrow.

The court has also fixed Friday for re-mention of Anwar’s application to set aside the sodomy charge against him and re-mention of the case.

Justice Mohamad Zabidin also allowed the defence’s application to adjourn the hearing of the stay application to enable it to reply to the affidavit-in-support which was served on it by the prosecution yesterday.

The court was to hear the stay application today but one of Anwar’s counsel, Amer Hamzah Arshad, said the defence only received a copy of the notice of motion and affidavit yesterday and needed time to reply.

However, Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohamed Yusof Zainal Abiden, who is leading the prosecution team, objected because the affidavit was more on point of law and not on allegations.

Anwar, 62, is charged with sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 24, at a condominium in Bukit Damansara here on June 26 last year.

The judge allowed Amer Hamzah’s application to excuse Anwar from being present during the stay application hearing on Friday. – Bernama