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Five witnesses were with Anwar at material time

Fri, Aug 08, 2008
The Star

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defence team will produce at least five witnesses claiming they were with the PKR de facto leader at the material time of the unnatural sex charge.

“We have a water-tight alibi. In fact, we told the police about the alibi on July 10 at the police station. The police had also investigated and taken statements from all the witnesses that we named,” said Sankara Nair, one of Anwar’s counsel.

He added the defence team was perplexed about why the police insisted on wanting to charge Anwar although alibi and witnesses had been produced.

Sankara claimed it was a frivolous and unnecessary charge which was politically motivated.

“There were people around him at the material time. Datuk Seri Anwar had said he was there at the condominium, but he had people around him because they were having a meeting,” Sankara told reporters outside the Sessions Court after Anwar was charged with committing consensual unnatural sex with his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. [more]

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Anwar’s watertight alibi: He had meeting with 5 people

Beh Lih Yi | Aug 7, 08 6:35pm
Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer revealed that his client was indeed at the Desa Damansara condominium at the time of the alleged sodomy but was there for a meeting with a number of people.

This is from Malaysiakini.

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Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer revealed that his client was indeed at the Desa Damansara condominium at the time of the alleged sodomy but was there for a meeting with a number of people.

According to Sankara Nair (right) today, Anwar had a meeting with “about five people” – casting a fresh alibi for the opposition leader.

“We have a watertight alibi and we have given the alibi (and their names) to the police during police investigation,” Sankara told reporters after Anwar was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court this morning.

“He had people all around because they were all having a meeting in that house (the condominium unit),” he disclosed.

Contacted by Malaysiakini later, Sankara said Anwar has never denied that he had been to the condominium. The unit was owned by a friend to the opposition leader, the lawyer added.
Sankara confirmed that statements of the witnesses who were with Anwar at the time – and now are his alibi – had been recorded by the police.

He however did not elaborate on whether the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, was among the people present at the meeting. Saiful, 23, is the former aide who claimed that Anwar sodomised him.

I have alibi for “every minute of that day”, says Anwar Ibrahim

MALAYSIA’S opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim has said he has an alibi for “every minute” of the day on which he is accused of having sexually assaulted a former male aide.

He told the BBC that “we are clear, absolutely clear on the alibi, every single minute of the day”.

And with that declaration of confidence, he toured Malaysia over the weekend in a bid to revive his hopes of seizing power despite the sodomy allegations.

Dressed in his trademark blue batik shirt, he travelled to the government-held states of Malacca, Pahang and Johor to regain momentum after last week’s explosive events, when he spent a night in police custody over accusations levelled by a 23-year-old male aide.

“I tell you now that I will be contesting in a by-election,” he told a crowd of over 5,000 in Jasin, near Malacca, to cries of “God is great”.

A return to Parliament would be the next step in Datuk Seri Anwar’s political comeback. He was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges.

The sex conviction was overturned, but the corruption count barred him from public office until April.

The Pakatan Rakyat alliance, under his leadership, made historic gains in the March polls, leaving it just 30 seats short of ousting the long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Mr Anwar’s latest crisis, which he says has been fabricated by the government, has been a distraction from his plan to take power with the help of defecting coalition lawmakers.

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