Were the Anwar Sodomy Charges Faked?

Jed Yoong, Asia Sentinel
28 July 2008

A medical report (see posting below on this blog) surfaces saying the male aide who filed charges against the opposition leader wasn’t molested.

The doctor who examined a 23-year-old male aide allegedly sodomized by Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim found no evidence of tearing or scarring that would indicate penetration, according to a medical report leaked to local journalists.

If the document is genuine, it can be expected to raise further suspicions of complicity on the part of top government leaders in attempting to destroy Anwar politically. The charges against Anwar, filed by the youth on June 28, could end the opposition politician’s political career and put him back behind bars, where he had spent six years from 1999 on similar charges, which human rights organizations across the world condemned as trumped up. Sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and caning

Anwar was arrested two weeks after the youth filed the complaint and was jailed overnight on July 15 after police, some wearing balaclava masks, descended on his home, a move that sent Anwar’s supporters into the streets around the police station where he was being held. He refused at that time to give a DNA specimen, charging that it could be misused.

According the medical report, which allegedly was filed at Hospital Pusrawi Sdn Bhd on Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, the aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, was examined by Dr Mohamed Osman on June 28 at 2 pm. After he had gone to the hospital to complain about pain he said he was suffering in his anus, he allegedly told hospital personnel that he had been assaulted by a “very important person.”

After Dr Mohamad refused to write a report that Saiful had been sodomized, according to Malaysia Today, the doctor suggested that the youth obtain another diagnosis at a government hospital. Doctors at that hospital also refused to confirm a diagnosis of sodomy, according to the publication, although it did not name the doctors.

Nonetheless, Malaysia Today reported, Saiful filed the report of assault at a nearby police kiosk four hours later.

After Mohamad Osman made the report indicating no sexual assault had taken place, police picked up the doctor and detained him for three days to attempt to persuade him to change his diagnosis, according to Malaysia Today. The doctor, the publication said, has since gone into hiding with his family.

In a telephone interview with Asia Sentinel, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ismail Omar confirmed that Dr Mohamad had been questioned, but said he had never been detained.

Attempts to reach hospital officials were unsuccessful. They were said to be in a meeting. However, although the medical report could not be independently verified, a senior Pusrawi Hospital official told the Internet publication Malaysiakini this morning that the hospital had launched an internal investigation on how Saiful’s medical report was leaked, which is widely considered as a major infringement of patient privacy.

When Malaysiakini showed the official a copy of the report, he refused to return it but he didn’t describe it as fake, saying, “It’s our document.” [more]

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5 responses to “Were the Anwar Sodomy Charges Faked?

  1. Gilamonster71

    Again, we have to rely on the police to complete the investigations before concluding Anwar’s innocent.
    But the real question is that, why would anybody in the right mind push for the same charges as the last time to bury’s Anwar’s political career? The last time anyone put forward such charges, they failed to convince and no one would ever believe Anwar was capable of such things.
    Why go down the same route, when there are other charges people may “fabricate” to sabotage his career, such as planting hookers, corruption charges or abuses of power? The last conviction for Anwar was due to abuse of power to block police investigation; why not charge him again with that?
    Either Anwar’s enemy is crazy to think the charges will stick (even Mahathir the powerful did not succeed), or…..

  2. “””””””””””Umno Perak offers to merge with PAS

    IPOH – UMNO in Perak has offered to merge with Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and together rule the northern state, upping the ante in the so-called Malay unity talks.
    Umno’s Perak chief Tajol Rosli Ghazali said that the merged parties in the state could continue to have a PAS leader as Menteri Besar.

    Datuk Seri Tajol said the Umno-PAS Perak government would be more stable than the current one made up of the Pakatan Rakyat, New Straits Times reported yesterday.

    ‘To develop and achieve Vision 2020, we must have political stability. And it cannot exist without cooperation between Umno and PAS,’ Mr Tajol said. Malaysia plans to become a developed nation by 2020.

    The offer, although immediately spurned by PAS leaders in Perak, is sure to add to worries in Pakatan about the strength of their alliance.

    ‘As far as PAS in Perak is concerned, we will be in Pakatan forever and ever. There is no way we will pair with them,’ said Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who is from PAS.

    Pakatan is made up of the multi-racial Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party and Islamic party PAS.

    Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi two weeks ago surprised many Pakatan leaders, including those in PAS, when he said he had held low-key meetings with PAS chiefs to talk about Malay unity and the future role of Islam in the country.

    Leaders of PAS have since been split over the issue of working with Umno, seen by many as a bitter opponent for Malay votes.

    Influential PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat last week said that the two parties should disband and form a new party for all Malays. This was rejected by most central Umno leaders, but seemed to have found support in Umno Perak.

    Mr Tajol, who was Menteri Besar in the previous administration, added another sweetener for PAS: that the party would get ‘three or four’ state executive councillor posts, the equivalent of state ministerial posts.

    He said recently that the Pakatan government in Perak would fall by Aug 31, hinting at defections from Pakatan assemblymen. “””””””””””””””””

    Now, heres what i dont understand. If UMNO were really sincere, why dont they offer to merge with PAS in the states where they control! and give up the Mentri Besar-ship to PAS. Say in Johor, Melaka or Pahang?

    Why does it have to be in states held by Pakatan? states like Perak and Selangor Why?

    You can tell here its because they want to create a backdoor opening back into power

    they will never give up their own states, wake UP PAS!!!!!

  3. Please don’t waste our time and money.

    Only idiots think that Anwar is gay

    Twice sommore.

    I wanna progress, we are already behind.

    Please i want Malaysia to be good.

  4. tan, tanjong bungah

    Hi Gilamonster71,

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

    So, as a reverse psychology, it is possible as to “Why go down the same route, when there are other charges people may “fabricate” to sabotage his career … “. precisely creating doubts in people that the conspirators would seen to be so ‘foolish’ to go down this route again!

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