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Anwar's supporters try to breach the barricade

The Star/ANN | Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014

Coming through: Anwar supporters forcing open the barricade outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA - Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tried to breach the police barricade set up outside the Palace of Justice here.

Ahead of the 3.40pm incident yesterday, a group asked the police if they could get across the barrier to gather under a tent put up there.

When the police refused, several people got riled up and charged at the barricade.

Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Razak Abdul Majid said the situation was under control and those gathered agreed to disperse after Anwar briefly gave a speech to say that there would be no hearing today.

He said his trial would resume and, hopefully, end tomorrow.

The opposition leader's supporters began marching towards the courthouse, chanting slogans at around 1.35pm, Bernama reported.

A commotion broke out when an elderly man, holding up a stick, hurled abuses at the police, challenging them to open up the barrier. He even challenged them to shoot him.

However, the policemen managed to persuade him to leave as fellow supporters calmed him down.

A police helicopter was seen hovering over the Palace of Justice.

A police spokesman said that the helicopter was deployed to conduct aerial surveillance for the sake of public safety.

In court, lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah continued his submission, countering arguments of the defence that was led by Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.

Anwar, 67, is appealing against his conviction and five years' jail sentence for sodomising his former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 27.

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