Thursday, May 13, 2010

Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial : Saiful Bukhari tells court he did not wash his anus for two days

The sodomy trial of former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim revealed many intimate details about the alleged sodomy.

In the court proceeding today, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan said he did not wash his anus for two days after he was allegedly sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar as he wanted to keep the evidence intact, the High Court here heard.

Mohd Saiful, 25, admitted that he did not take his bath after he was allegedly sodomised by Anwar on June 26, 2008.

Questioned by Anwar's lead counsel Karpal Singh, he said he had a complete bath in the morning of June 26 and merely “rinsed” (bilas) after the alleged sodomy.

He added that he did not take a bath and did not wash his anus after the allegedly incident as he wanted to keep the evidence intact.

On why did not lodge a police report after the alleged incident, he said he wanted to seek advice from several people before doing so.

“I want to get advice as it involved my dignity,” said Mohd Saiful, who is the first prosecution witness in the high profile sodomy trial Thursday.

In elaborating, Mohd Saiful said he wanted advice from his uncle Tuah Mohd Halim, his friend Rahimi Osman, former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor, one Datuk Mumtaz (Jaafar) and a religious teacher.

When asked why he did not go to the police station and give an immediate statement, he did not reply.

However, Mohd Saiful agreed with Karpal's suggestion that he did not use the opportunity to lodge a police report for two days after the incident.

Mohd Saiful said he lodged a police report on June 28, 2008.

Mohd Saiful agreed that he gave an interview to Malaysiakini which was published online on Aug 15, 2008.

When showed a printout of the online report, Mohd Saiful asked to observe the publication for many times and then replied that he had indeed told the reporter that he was sodomised by Anwar for the first time.

However, he maintained that he had misinterpreted the question.

He agreed that he did not take steps to rectify the mistake in the online report as he did not read it or overlooked the matter.

At this juncture, Karpal cautioned him that he could be jailed if he is found to have given false evidence and later when asked if the rest of the report was accurate, Mohd Saiful said: “I cannot confirm it 100 per cent that this was correct,” he said.

When asked if he had lied in court when he testified that he had met then Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his residence on June 24, 2008 to complain that he had been sodomised by Anwar many times, he disagreed.

Asked if he was a strong supporter of Umno, he said “ I support Barisan Nasional but my vote was for R. Sivarasa and Elizabeth Wong” in the last general election.

Upon hearing this, Karpal suggested that Mohd Saiful is a traitor but he replied that it is a free country.

He disagreed to another suggestion that the sodomy incident was planned by him with the assistance of the police and Najib.

He admitted that he told a senior police officer - ACP Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof (now SAC I/Datuk) - that he had been sodomised by Anwar several times in the country and abroad.

On the delay in reaching a condominium to see Anwar on June 26, Mohd Saiful said it was because he saw a motorcycle following him and he tried to evade it.

Earlier, High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah dismissed an application by the defence for a stay of proceedings pending appeal over the dismissal of getting the prosecution to supply Mohd Saiful's written statements.

Justice Mohamad Zabidin ruled that there was no special circumstances to warrant a stay.

The judge said it (the dismissal over the supply of written statements) was a procedural ruling and that it was not appealable. The sodomy trial continued in-camera at 2.15pm.

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