MP Suggests Use Of Independent Prosecutors Should Anwar Be Charged For Sodomy

PASIR MAS, July 20 (Bernama) — A member of parliament (MP) has suggested that independent prosecutors be appointed to conduct the trial in the event Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is charged for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Datuk Ibrahim Ali, independent MP for Pasir Mas (Kelantan), said the prosecutors should not be those from the public service or the Attorney General’s Chambers.

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“This can be worked out based on the country’s laws,” he said at a “ceramah” (talk) here last night.

Anwar, 61, the de facto PKR leader, had lodged a police report against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail alleging that they had fabricated evidence against him when he was also charged for sodomy in 1998, and later convicted.

Then, Musa was the senior investigating officer and Abdul Gani the head of the prosecution. Anwar was freed of the sodomy charge by the Federal Court in 2004.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Saturday, Musa and Gani would not be part of the team investigating the latest sodomy allegation against Anwar.

Ibrahim, in his talk last night, also said that Anwar’s doctors could observe the taking and testing of Anwar’s DNA sample to ensure impartiality of the process.

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