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]
KUALA LUMPUR – The doctor who examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan after the latter had lodged a police report alleging he had been sodomised by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has resurfaced to “set the record straight.”
Pusrawi Hospital’s Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid, reaffirmed statements he had made in a statutory declaration he had filed on June 28, saying that he had found no evidence of sodomy in his examination.
“I am standing by the SD that I have made. There have been a lot of media statements that have put me in a bad light both professionally and personally.
“Please be assured that I had merely done my job as a doctor. I am not involved in politics and I will always tell the truth,” Dr Mohamed Osman said at a press conference Thursday. He was accompanied by his lawyers M. Puravalen and Yusri Kamarudin at the Bar Council in Leboh Pasar Besar here.
His statutory declaration was leaked to Malaysia Today and published in the news portal on July 28, after which the Myanmar national took one month’s leave from the hospital and apparently fled the country.
The doctor said he has no knowledge of how his medical examination report on Mohd Saiful, who has alleged that he was sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was circulated to the media and Internet.
“I don’t know how the information got out and I don’t know Mohd Saiful in a personal capacity.’ [more]
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer Sankara Nair has confirmed receiving a copy of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s police report after two months from the date it was lodged.
Sankara said the report was received on Friday about 5pm from the police.
However, he declined to comment further on the details of the report.
“We will not be able to comment on that yet until the legal team meets,” he said when contacted Sunday.
[…] Why is Saiful making the declaration on the eve of Nomination Day?’ asked Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Ibrahim’s wife who facilitated the by-election by resigning her seat last month.
Azlan’s act of placing his hand on the holy book while swearing his accusation has acquired religious overtones, and has also raised objections. Ismail called it ‘a desperate act’.
The act was termed ‘un-Islamic’ by Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is the spiritual advisor on the opposition Pan Islamic party.
He said there was no requirement in the Quran that called on Muslims to hold the holy book while making a solemn declaration.
‘It is normal for Christians to swear on the Holy Bible. It seems that he wanted to follow the Christian way of doing it.
‘In Islam, it is enough to say the three holy words – wallahi, wabillahi, watallahi. There is no need to hold the Quran,’ said Nik Mat.
Taking a legal view, Democratic Action Party’s Indian origin chairman Karpal Singh said Azlan’s swearing was ’something not right to do’ because the matter was pending in court. [more]
SERDANG, Aug 16 (Bernama) — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dared Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to swear on the quran to prove he was innocent of the sodomy charge he faces, just like his sodomy accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had done to demonstrate that Anwar had sodomised him.
“Anwar should also be doing the same thing, instead of just giving ceramah (talks) everywhere, to prove his innocence,” Dr Mahathir said when approached by reporters during his visit to the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism (MAHA) Show 2008, here. [more]
By EILEEN NG – 4 days ago
PERMATANG PAUH, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top opposition leader filed nomination papers Saturday for a Parliament by-election that he is expected to win easily — the first step in his bid to bring down the government and become prime minister.
Tens of thousands of cheering supporters escorted Anwar Ibrahim to the nomination center where he formally registered for the Aug. 26 election in the northern state of Penang.
“I am touched by the overwhelming support. It is no longer just a by-election. It is a lot more than that,” said Anwar.
The massive show of support is a demonstration of Anwar’s popularity despite being recently charged with sodomizing a 23-year-old male aide, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail. Anwar says that and a similar charge in 1998 were the result of political conspiracies to prevent him from becoming prime minister.
The latest accusation came as his People’s Alliance opposition coalition has become a serious threat to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s National Front coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957. [more]
5 days ago
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — The young man who has accused Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy said Friday he had visited a mosque to swear he was telling the truth and challenged Anwar to do the same.
The move came a day before Anwar is due to register for a by-election in his home state of Penang that is expected to return him to parliament despite the charge — the same allegation that saw him jailed for six years until 2004.
Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old former volunteer in the opposition leader’s office, denied he was laying down the challenge in an attempt to derail Anwar’s chances in the August 26 by-election.
“No it is not a political matter,” he told a press conference where he played a video of him sitting at a city mosque making the oath on the Koran, the Islamic holy book.
“It is just by coincidence that I made the oath today. God gave me the strength to do it,” he said.
“By swearing in God’s home’s that I was sodomised by my employer, I challenge Anwar Ibrahim to swear and to do it in a mosque, to deny my allegations.” [more]