PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today pleaded not guilty at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court against the charge of having carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
"This is a malicious and treacherous slander, I'm not guilty," he told Sessions Court judge SM Komathy Suppiah. He repeated this twice from the dock.
The prosecution did not oppose bail and proposed the amount be set at RM20,000 with one surety and that Anwar be required to surrender his passport.
Anwar's lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah however argued for a personal bond, with no amount set, to be granted as he said there was no possibility of the opposition leader absconding or tampering with witnesses.
He also added that Anwar is "very keen" to answer the accusation thrown at him.
Lead prosecutor, solicitor-general Idris Harun, disagreed when asked by the judge for his view on Sulaiman's argument.
"The possibility is always there," said Idris, drawing laughter from those in the public gallery. The court was packed with about 100 people including Anwar's family members, supporters and top Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
In considering the application, the judge also asked investigating officer DSP Jude Pereira, who was present in court, whether Anwar has been cooperative with the police investigation, to which the police officer replied, "Yes."
Judge Komathy then agreed to release Anwar on RM20,000 personal bond without surety.
The difference between a bail and personal bond is that the amount for the former has to be paid up-front while a bond is a promissory note that the accused would only be required to pay if he absconds.