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SMS On Anwar’s Arrest Just A Rumour, Says His Lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s cousel, R. Sivarasa, has dismissed as rumours the short messaging service (SMS) text going the rounds that the Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor will be arrested by police Tuesday.

He said he and Anwar had not received any information from the police and nothing had happened so far.

“I also don’t know who is behind the SMS, which is definitely not started by PKR, but it could be from irresponsible people who are out to take advantage of the situation,” he said when met by reporters at Anwar’s residence.

He said Anwar was prepared for the possibility of being detained Tuesday and all activities planned by PKR would proceed as scheduled.

Bernama understands that Anwar will be in Bentong, Pahang, Tuesday night to give a ceramah.

BERNAMA

Anwar about to be arrested?

Straitstimes.com

 

KUALA LUMPUR – TALK spread on Tuesday afternoon that an arrest warrant has been issued for Malaysia’s de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Police, however, refused to confirm the rumours.

Last week, Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said police had completed their investigations into the case of Anwar’s alleged sexual assault.  [more]

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Anwar not worried about possible arrest

Royce Cheeah, The Star online

PETALING JAYA: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not worried at all about the possibility of being arrested or charged in the run-up to the impending Permatang Pauh by-election.

Anwar said the Government had gone on a one-month fishing expedition and had not caught anything.

“They have not caught any fish and they can catch whatever coconut plant they may consider is fish,” he said.

Anwar however added that he did not want to anticipate anything like that and reiterated that it would not affect PKR’s plan.

When asked if he was afraid of being arrested following rumours that his arrest was imminent, Anwar said he could not comment on rumours.

“But I am being monitored very closely. During my recent trip to Pahang there were seven Special Branch cars following me. They spend money on this when they should be taking care of the crime rate,” he said.

Anwar added that as far as he was concerned, the Opposition is still on track for the September 16 deadline. [more]

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1998 Revisited: Rumors of Imminent Arrest of Anwar Ibrahim

Musa Hasan

Musa Hasan

Wednesday July 30, 2008 MYT 7:57:21 PM, the Star Online

By SHAHANAAZ HABIB

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said there is no reason why the police should charge him for sodomy, based on the law and professional standards, and lashed out at the police chief.

With rumours of his arrest imminent, the de facto PKR leader said he did not know what to expect from the police.

Speaking to reporters at the Federal Territory Religious Department Wednesday, he lashed out Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, whom he claimed had a personal vendetta against him.

Musa has filed a defamation suit against Anwar over the latter’s police report alleging that the IGP had fabricated evidence in the “black eye” incident of 1998. Musa was the investigating officer in that case.

“Let me remind the government and authorities that this country is not a police state. The decision must be based on facts and law not based on Musa Hassan’s personal wishes and vendetta from 1998 right through 2008.

“If they follow the law, the facts, the alibi, the medical report, why do they even consider? (charging),” he asked. [more]

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Please also read “IGP sues Anwar for defamation over 1998 assault.”

Press Release from Anwar Ibrahim’s Office: End This Now!

On The medical report leaked on Monday showed clearly that the scurillious allegations made against Anwar Ibrahim are a complete fabrication. An examination of the complainant by an experienced doctor from a reputable hospital just hours before a police report was filed showed no evidence of the assault that was alleged to have taken place.  

Shortly after the report was leaked, Keadilan Secretary General issued a statement saying that the report shows the allegations were “without merit and politically motivated.”

With this new evidence in the public domain, one would have expected the investigation to be quickly closed. That was the sentiment expressed on most Malaysian blogs on Monday (here, here and here). That was also the sentiment expressed by a number of prominent Malaysian civil society organisations, including the Bar Council, Center for Policy Initiatives and key political figures including Lim Kit Siang, Hj Husam Musa and seven MCA branches in Selangor. 

News of the leaked medical report, and the mounting suspicion of a politically motivated attempt to discredt Anwar Ibrahim, has spread around the world. The Wall Street Journal wrote, criticizing the inconsistencies in the police investigation, 

The case against Mr. Anwar in 1998 was politically motivated and was overturned. Ten years later, the legal system is again being put to the test. The longer the police wait to make their case public, the more questions will be raised about their conclusions.

At Anwar Ibrahim’s press conference at the Keadilan headquarters on Tuesday morning he expressed his relief that this new evidence ought to bring a swift conclusion to the investigation and he reiterated his committment to focus on bringing change and reform to the nation’a ailing economy [Watch video here].

Looking forwad to announcing his by-election in a few days, an air of optimism had once again spread throughout the party and among his supporters. It was therefore shocking to see the headline on one Malaysian news portal several hours later, “Anwar to be charged as police wrap up probe“. 

We’ve seen this before. In 1998 the nation was torn apart by the machinations of a corrupt political regime hell-bent on humiliating and defaming Anwar Ibrahim.  Today there is a repeat of the same charage, and any semblance of a fair and unbiased investigation evaporated with the leaking of the medical report.

For the authorities to threaten arrest without properly addressing the implications of the medical shows a blatant disregard for the rights of Anwar Ibrahim, the rule of law and the credibility of the criminal justice system. 

Don’t let them do this to us again. The March 8th elections were the beginning of a historic period for the Malaysian people.  The efforts to derail that process must be rejected by all Malaysian citizens. 

Do your part to support the nation. Call, fax or send an email to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister and express your outrage over the way the police have treated Anwar Ibrahim.

Office of the Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Telephone: 03-88888000 / 03-88888032

Fax: 03-88883444

Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak

Telephone: 03-88881950

Fax: 03-88880035

Leaked medical report stirs controversy for Anwar, police

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s supporters said today a leaked medical report that states his accuser was not sodomised, backs his claim of innocence but police have dismissed the report as sabotage and meant to confuse the public.

Anwar himself has not commented on the medical report exposed by Malaysia Today’s editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, who claimed that Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid from Hospital Pusrawi found no signs that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had any injuries consistent with sodomy in a June 28 medical report hours before the male aide complained of sexual assault.

But Anwar’s wife, Parliamentary Opposition leader Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail joined party supporters to say the medical report proved there was a conspiracy against him, similar to his followers’ claim of a conspiracy a decade ago that cost Anwar a chance to be prime minister.

PKR secretary-general Salehuddin Hashim said the leaked medical report confirm the party’s stand that the allegations against their de facto party chief are “without merit and politically motivated”. He added that it further erodes public confidence in the police investigations into this case.
“Why has this medical report surfaced only today, over one month after the allegations were made, after Anwar spent a night in jail, and after the police have spent so much time and money on this case?” Salehuddin asked in a press statement issued this evening.

“There should be a complete disclosure of the “facts” of this case to the public. Anything less will further diminish the public’s trust in the institutions of governance and in particular, the integrity of the office of the Inspector-General of Police,” he added.

He also noted the reports that Dr Mohamed Osman had been interrogated by the police for three days and that, as a result, the doctor and his family have since gone into hiding. “Every assurance must be given for his safety and protection,” Salehuddin said.

Wan Azizah told the Malaysiakini news portal that police should investigate the attempt to defame her husband instead of continuing investigations into the sodomy allegation.

“It’s a confirmation that it’s a conspiracy all along as this report goes to prove Anwar’s innocence,” said the PKR president.

Anwar’s lawyer Sankara Nair told The Malaysian Insider that the legal team will discuss the latest developments while Hospital Pusrawi is keeping silent on the matter. According to the medical report from the hospital, Dr Mohamed Osman had told Saiful to go to a government hospital for a second opinion.

PKR released the medical report to the media after it first appeared in the Malaysia Today news portal. [more]

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Please also read the article on Malaysia kini entitled “Doctor: No evidence of Sodomy“.

According to Raja Petra Kamarudin
Dr Mohamed Osman examined Saiful but found no evidence that he had been sodomised, either by Anwar Ibrahim or anyone else for that matter. The doctor’s report (which can be viewed below) says that there is zero (0) skin tearing, zero (0) active bleeding, zero (0) traces of pus, etc., which basically means he can’t be suffering from a pain in the anus as what he alleges.The doctor’s diagnosis is that he rules out or TRO (to rule out) assault (sodomised). In short: Mohd Saiful Bukhari Bin Azlan is not suffering any pain in the anus and neither was he assaulted or sodomised in the anus.Saiful then said he would like to make a police report so Dr Mohamed Osman suggested he go for a second medical examination at a government hospital. Saiful did so and the doctor at the government hospital also came out with the same diagnosis. Nevertheless, Saiful still made his police report at the pondok police in the hospital.

PRESS STATEMENT – Medical report demonstrates Anwar Ibrahim’s innocence

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28 JULY 2008, PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA

The medical report leaked today appears to confirm what we have always believed – that the allegations against Anwar Ibrahim are without merit and politically motivated.

We are deeply troubled by the allegations conveyed by some reports that the police spent three days recording a statement from the Doctor and that he and his family have gone into hiding. Every assurance must be given for his safety and protection.

The existence of this medical report further erodes any confidence the public would have in the credibility of the police report that has been filed against Anwar Ibrahim, a report which remains shrouded in secrecy. Why has this medical report has surfaced only today, over one month after the allegations were made, after Anwar Ibrahim spent a night in jail, and after the police have spent so much time and money on this case?

There should be a complete disclosure of the “facts” of this case to the public. Anything less will further diminish the public’s trust in the institutions of governance and in particular the integrity of the office of the Inspector General of the Police.

Like all Malaysians we will be observing developments in this case with cautious optimism – hopefully the nation can put this ugly chapter in its history in the past and move forward.

PKR is committed to moving ahead with its coalition partners DAP and PAS to forge a new economic agenda, address the serious concerns Malaysians have over rising prices, unemployment and rising crime.

With the imminent by-election of Anwar Ibrahim to return him to a seat in Parliament for the first time in 10 years the prospects for change in Malaysia are stronger than ever.

SALEHUDDIN HASHIM
SECRETARY GENERAL
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT