Anwar alleges blood forcibly taken in 1998

Abdul Gani Patail

Abdul Gani Patail

Musa Hasan
Musa Hasan

PUTRJAYA – THE infamous mattress of the 1998 sodomy trial was brought up again on Monday when Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim alleged that his blood was forcibly extracted and smeared on it.

He fingered Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, who was then the investigating officer, for rrdering police to smear the mattress with his blood, the New Straits Times reported on Tuesday.

The Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader said his evidence on the allegation was a statement made under oath by a forensic doctor during the trial.

Mr Anwar submitted the statement, along with other court documents and statutory declarations from his 1998 sodomy trial, to the Anti-Corruption Agency on Monday to back his claim that Musa and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had fabricated evidence against him.

‘I adduced further evidence on how blood was forcibly taken and then spread on the mattress, claimed that it was sperm, and when it was challenged by international experts, they finally withdrew that and amended the charge and the record was expunged,’ he said after a three-and-a-half hour session with the ACA on Monday.

‘There was evidence by the forensic doctor during the first trial where blood was taken without permission, and this was a statement under oath in court, that the police took it without permission,’ Mr Anwar said. […]

Mr Anwar also said he was ‘saddened’ by the Kuala Lumpur Hospital director’s statement denying that the hospital had forced him to strip naked for his medical check after his arrest last Wednesday.

‘I did not say I was forced. But I had to strip naked because they said it was part of the investigations, and my private parts were examined. I had to concede, or otherwise, some of the local media will say that I am not cooperating,’ he explained.

He said he filled up a form meant for rape victims before the medical check because he had not seen the police report.

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