Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the press after attending his sodomy case hearing in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution wants to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case from the Sessions Court where he was charged last month to the High Court.
But the defence objected to the move saying it was unnecessary and that the transfer certificate had been signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was to have no involvement in the case.
Lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah complained about the shabby treatment by the prosecution, who only informed the defence about the transfer application at the eleventh hour.
“We asked them what was the plan and up to Tuesday, we were told that there was no decision.
“On Tuesday afternoon, senior DPP (and AG’s Chambers head of prosecution) Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden was kind enough to call me to say that they most probably would ask for a transfer.
“Only 10 minutes ago when DPP Mohd Yusof appeared in court were we informed that they were indeed going to ask for a transfer,” the veteran lawyer said.
Describing the move as an “ambush”, Sulaiman said it left the defence to argue “practically out of the air.” [more]
BUTTERWORTH: It is impossible for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could have seen the second medical report on his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan who claimed he was sodomised by the PKR adviser.
Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said the report was sent straight to the police from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).
“Even I, the Health Minister, have not seen it. It is not possible he has.
“It is also not true the report had been leaked out,” he said, discounting the possibility of an inside job. [more]
By Angus Whitley
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — The first time Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, was accused of illegal sex with a man, the court proceedings so dismayed a Universiti Malaya law lecturer that he told his students to throw away their textbooks.
“What’s admissible is irrelevant, what’s relevant is not admissible,” retired High Court and Court of Appeal Judge Shaik Daud Ismail said he told his class after the trial that convicted Anwar started in 1998.
A decade later, with Anwar facing similar charges, Shaik Daud, 72, says Malaysia’s judiciary still needs reform.
“The system is crooked,” said Shaik Daud, who calls himself politically independent.
Anwar, 61, served six years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2004. Now leader of the opposition, he says the new case was fabricated to stop him from ousting the ruling coalition that banished him the last time he was accused. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, Anwar’s rival to succeed Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, denies that. [more]
By ZULKIFLY MOHAMAD, thestar.com.my
BUTTERWORTH: Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim need not swear in the name of Allah as the Syariah Court is the best place for him to prove his innocence.
The Penang branch of the National Ulama Association’s chairman Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Nor said the basic principles of Islamic law should be followed by producing four witnesses to testify in Anwar’s sodomy allegations.
“If the accuser fails to bring four witnesses as required by the hudud law, then the case should be dropped,” he told a press conference Tuesday at the Sunway Business Centre in Seberang Jaya, here.
Dr Wan Salim said if under certain circumstances the four witnesses could not be produced in the Syariah Court, the prosecutor could use DNA evidence to prove the case but such evidence was not solid.
BUTTERWORTH: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has challenged his detractors to name the people who allegedly benefited from his position when he was deputy prime minister and finance minister.
“There was no such thing. If you know of the people who benefited, you should identify them. Do not just make claims,” he said.
The PKR leader, who is contesting the Permatang Pauh by-election, was asked to comment on his involvement in bumiputra policies when he was in the Federal Government and the award of projects without tenders.
Speaking to reporters during a break from his morning campaign yesterday, Anwar said bumiputra youths did not have any problem embracing a multiracial philosophy.
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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia’s premier has backed the young man accusing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy, after the man visited a mosque to swear to his claims in an act criticised as a political stunt.
Anwar has said the allegations made by Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old former aide, have been engineered by the government to prevent him from seizing power after landmark March elections.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hit out at criticism of Mohamad Saiful after he was photographed last week at a city mosque, swearing on the Koran that he was telling the truth.
“According to Islam, an individual seeking justice should be respected, even though it may be a personal issue,” the premier said, according to the New Straits Times Monday.
“There are those who question his method and whether he is following the right procedure but in his heart he must have a clear intention,” Abdullah said.
“The incident must have been traumatic, otherwise he would not have lodged the police report.” [more]
By ZARINAH DAUD
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Taking an oath on the Quran does not absolve a person of his sin and a Muslim should not make a mockery of the holy book by swearing on it.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he decided to take the alleged sodomy case to Syariah Court because his honour and dignity were at stake.
“Please do not make a mockery of the holy book. Can you absolve your sin by swearing on the Quran?
“If you respect the law and the dignity of a man, do not use the Quran for political mileage,” he said Sunday during a press conference at Yayasan Aman here. [more]