Wednesday, 3rd February 2010
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today reiterated his belief that his second sodomy trial is politically motivated.
He also claimed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the mastermind behind Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s testimony.
“Umno is ordering them (Attorney-General) to do this. Datuk Seri Najib Razak is also asking Saiful to say what is needed to strengthen the accusation and also to confuse the public,” he told reporters outside the courthouse.
Anwar’s trial finally started today after much delay and Saiful shocked the High Court today when he said the opposition leader had used profane language when asking to have sexual intercourse with him.
Saiful took the stand at the High Court as the prosecution’s first witness, testified that when he first met Anwar at a condominium in Damansara Heights in 2008, the PKR de facto leader had asked him: “Can I **** you today?”
Anwar is accused of sodomising his former aide on June 26, 2008 at a posh condominium in the exclusive Bukit Damansara suburb of Kuala Lumpur.
He has denied the charge, saying it’s a conspiracy similar to that in 1998.
The 63-year-old oppposition leader said that the fabrication of evidence against him is not new and that his lawyers are ready to expose the truth.
“This has happened before. As far as I am concerned, we have to deal with it but let my lawyers cross examine him.
“In the previous case, they claim that they were 13 spots of sperm on the mattress and said that evidence was conclusive.
“But after three months of Utusan Malaysia glorifying and campaigning with issues and tarnishing my image then they decided to expunge the record because they cannot defend the evidence. I believe this will happen again,” he said.
Same with Anwar, this Sodomy II trial is Najib and UMNO tactic to wipe Anwar Ibrahim from Malaysian Political theatre. But this trial could be the last dirty trick by UMNO because this time around I predicted that people will raise against them!
Anwar was freed in September 2004 and later resurrected his political career by winning back his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in a by-election in 2008, which had been held in the interim by his wife.
He had earlier led the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, to a historic sweep of five states and 82 parliamentary seats in Election 2008.
But he was then mired with the accusation from 24-year-old Saiful, whom Anwar dismissively said was just a “coffee boy”.
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