If convicted, Anwar stands to be imprisioned for not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years under section 377B of the Penal Code.
"What was needed to be proved is a prima facie case, credible evidence to ingredient of offence, whether Saiful was a credible witness" Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah told the court.
"It was not surprising defence had tried to paint a picture of Saiful as someone who has zero credibility. With greatest respect, I find this irrelevant. Saiful followed instructions of accused after incident, did not immediately lodge police report. He was given preferential treatment in the office, compared to senior colleagues. Saiful is a young man, not just any employee but personal assistant to the accused."
"I find Saiful’s evidence remains intact. I find him to be a good, true witness, evidence is reliable, if accepted can be used. After finding Saiful credible, not affected by failure to run away or not report, the question is whether opportunity for the act to take place."
"I find accused and complainant at crime scene, opportunity for crime to take place. (Tne) chemist's evidence shows swabs taken from Saiful. These swabs confirmed presence of semen. All three doctors testified positively, conclude there was penile penetration. I find nothing inconsistent with doctors' findings."
The judge is still reading through his ruling.
Scores of Anwar supporters had packed the cortroom from as early as 4.30am. Many were from his constituency of Permatang Pauh in Penang.
"Don't mean to be pessimistic but you can gauge from the judge's words, it is a foregone conclusion," said Tian.
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Written by Melissa Lee, Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle