Anwar, who appeared in court Monday wearing
a neckbrace, has
pleaded not guilty to five sodomy charges and another five corruption
Justice Augustine Paul made the order after
an appeal by Anwar's lawyers
who charged that "people in high offices" were commenting on the case as
if the sacked leader was guilty of the charges.
"I do not think it is appropriate for anybody
to comment on the guilt or
innocence of (Anwar) directly or indirectly," Paul said.
"In order to ensure a fair trial, with effect
from today, such statements
should be ceased to be made," he said.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, several
ministers and others have
been making statements on Anwar's case since his ouster on September 2.
Anwar, the 51-year-old former finance minister
was arrested on
September 20 under the powerful Internal Security Act after he led a
massive anti-government rally in Kuala Lumpur. The act allows for
indefinite detention without trial.