KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will hold a mass rally to protest the court decisions against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Karpal Singh this Friday, just two days before polling day for the Kajang by-election.
“We urge them (participants) to come in black to protest the injustices done,” PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang told a press conference in Parliament here today.
The March 7 ruling against Anwar, 66, overturns his 2012 acquittal on charges he sodomised a male former aide — in a case which has dragged on since 1998 and cut short his promising career during a bitter power struggle with his rival then prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad.
The Court of Appeal had sentenced the Opposition Leader to five years jail but Anwar is expected to challenge the decision in the Federal Court.
The PR de facto chief has claimed the charges were trumped up by the ruling coalition.
Meanwhile, DAP chairman Karpal was found guilty of sedition over his remarks on the Perak Sultan’s role in the 2009 state constitutional crisis.
Following the fresh trial after the prosecution’s successful 2012 appeal of Karpal’s previous acquittal, the judge ruled last month that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt.
The rally will be held indoors at the Kajang stadium at 9pm and the opposition coalition’s top leaders are expected to speak at the event.