Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, a former lead prosecutor against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Sodomy II trial, caused a stir when he appeared in the Sessions Court here as co-counsel for the Opposition leader’s Bersih 3.0 case.
When lead prosecutor Abdul Wahab Mohamad introduced the former Solicitor-General II to judge Mahmud Abdullah yesterday, Anwar’s supporters cheered and clapped.
Mohd Yusof had taken an optional retirement on February 1 and left the Attorney-General’s Chambers to set up his own law firm.
Met by reporters, he said: “I am a free agent.
“Anwar has the right of a counsel of his choice. They asked me to come on board. I am willing and able.
“He (Anwar) called me last night and I had no hesitation (to join the defence team).”
Asked if there was a conflict of interest since he once prosecuted Anwar, Mohd Yusof said: “I am not joining a political party. I am just a counsel.
“I have no political affiliation. I am a professional.”
Questioned if the move meant he was against the A-G, Mohd Yusof said: “I have nothing personal (against him). No comment.”
Anwar said he took steps to
confirm with Mohd Yusof if he
was willing to join the defence team.
“There must be an indication of preparedness. I don’t simply call people.
“Mohd Yusof came with full commitment that I get my justice,” he told reporters after the court proceedings.
Lead counsel Karpal Singh welcomed Mohd Yusof into the team, saying it was the first case for Mohd Yusof as a defence lawyer.