The Electric New Paper, Singapore
THREE visits from police officers made me fear for my safety and that of my family.
That is reason given by the doctor who examined alleged sodomy victim Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on why he decided to leave Malaysia.
In a six-page statutory declaration made on 1 Aug, Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid said: ‘The seemingly constant and unending police investigation and being aware of the high-profile nature of the case has disturbed me tremendously and I become worried for my safety and that of my family.
‘Approximately one week after the third visit by the police, I decided to apply for leave and left Malaysia with my family,’ he said.
Mr Mohd Saiful first visited the Pusrawi Hospital and later another hospital before filing a police report accusing Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomising him.
Dr Mohd Osman had said in his medical report that he did not find evidence of sodomy. The report was leaked to the press.
WORDS ADDED TO DR. MOHAMED’S STATEMENT
He also said in his declaration that words and paragraphs were added to the statement he gave the police.
He said that in July 2008, his statement was recorded by ASP Rosmi Mat Derus from the Brickfields criminal investigation department.
The police officer wrote down about 10 pages of details in Malay, reported news website Malaysiakini.
He was then given a copy to sign.
The doctor, who is from Myanmar, said he did not understand most of what was written in the statement as he is not proficient in Malay.
The following week, the same officer returned with a typed statement in Bahasa Malaysia for him to read and sign, reported The Star newspaper.
However, Dr Mohd Osman said certain facts that were not discussed in the previous meeting had been introduced in the typed statement, namely Mr Anwar’s name.
‘I also pointed out to him that certain facts which had not been discussed in the previous meeting were introduced in the typed statements.
‘The fact I queried was why the name of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim appeared in several paragraphs when it was never brought up during the first interview. Nor did the patient ever confide in me the identity of the alleged perpetrator. [more]