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ANWAR IBRAHIM: Kenyataan Media / Press Statement:
|‘I was stripped naked, my private parts examined’|
|Chan Kok Leong | Jul 17, 08 2:55pm|
|For the second time in a decade, Anwar Ibrahim now stands accused of sodomy and was brought to a hospital to be probed, measured and examined.
“When I was brought to the hospital, I was stripped naked for tests and had my private parts examined,” the PKR de facto leader told a packed 30-minute press conference at his house hours after he was freed on police bail.
“They also measured the necessary parts,” Anwar quipped.
However, he put his foot down when they came for his blood.
When doctors tried to get a sample of his blood for DNA testing, he asked them whether they could guarantee that the specimens would be tamper-proof.
“They said they will conduct it (the testing) professionally, I’m convinced. After that, they said it (the specimen) will be handed over to the police. On that, I’m worried,” said Anwar.
“The reason being my DNA specimen will be in the possession of the police. Saiful’s (Bukhari Azlan) DNA is also held by the police.
He said the given his experience in his previous trials, where there attempts were made to fabricate evidence, it would be hard for his to trust the police in handling his current case professionally.
“My accuser is still in police protection and as such, any fabrication is possible if they take my DNA,” he said.
“My decision to refuse a DNA test is taken through the advice of my lawyers and DNA experts, both local and overseas.”
‘They’ve seen all my private parts’
Anwar, 61, added that he also refused to have his photographs taken while he was naked in the hospital.
“They’ve already seen all my private parts. Of course, I refused to let them take my photographs. They (the photographs) could end up on YouTube very soon.
“At my age, it’s not a problem but I don’t think it would be complimentary,” quipped Anwar, who was flanked by family members including wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter, Nurul Izzah (photo, centre).
Nevertheless, he said that the police were exceeding polite and did not touch him at all.
“But I regret to say, that for a person my age with a severe back problem after a major surgery should end up in a cell reserved for the worst criminals in town,” said Anwar.
“And I was asked to sleep on the cold cement floor with nothing. At 1am, my wife brought a towel and that exarcerbated the pain.
“That’s why the moment I got back, my family doctor came to give me a strong dosage of painkillers to my back.
“I don’t deserve that. No Malaysian deserves that. Why treat me like a major criminal and a public enemy. Short of torture what do you call that?”
Anwar, who seeking to mount a political comeback after being sacked and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges a decade ago, was arrested by balaclava-clad police commandos yesterday.
He was taken to police headquarters and underwent a marathon six-hour questioning session before being escorted to the hospital for a medical examination.
The arrest was over allegations that he had sodomised 23-year-old former aide Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Still no sign of Saiful’s police report
Chan Kok Leong | Jul 17, 08 7:36pm
Anwar Ibrahim has yet to see the police report detailing the crime he has allegedly committed despite going through a marathon questioning session yesterday.
“Until now, we’ve not seen the report,” lamented Anwar at a press conference after his release on police bail today.
anwar ibrahim and saiful bukhari azlan“Can you imagine – I was asked to stay in the lock-up overnight, spent five-and-a-half hours answering questions and I’ve not seen Saiful’s (Bukhari Azlan) report.”
The PKR leader even wondered aloud whether the report existed.
“I cannot verify whether the report is amended after every (questioning) session. Even if the report is given to me now, who can confirm if this is the original one or one amended to suit the developments?” he asked.
“They (the police) say that they are professionals but if you are truly professional, (CID chief) Datuk Bakri (Zinin), why can’t I see the report like any other Malaysian in any other case.
“Why when it comes to me, I’m treated differently?”
anwar ibrahim freed from police ipk detention pc 170708 09Anwar sarcastically pointed out he was getting more information from the media than from the police.
When asked if the police have explained why they refused to show him the police report against him, Anwar said, “They just said ‘no’ and that they’ve been instructed not to give the report.”
The PKR chief demanded to know who had instructed the police not to show him the report.
“Did the instructions come from the prime minister, his deputy or the IGP (inspector-general of police), who has a personal vendetta against me?” said Anwar.
He may be justified in fearing changes made to the said report as a previous accuser who had said he was sodomised by the then deputy premier changed his story after it was revealed that the apartment where the alleged crime took place was not even built yet.
Clearly not himself today
While the 61-year-old did not look any worse after spending a night on a stone cold floor in the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters, he was nevertheless clearly shaken.
The usually cool leader – who is always quick and sharp when answering questions – was at times agitated and looked distracted.
When asked if he would agree to an international forensic team of experts to handle his case, the usually witty Anwar surprised journalists by rambling about the injustices meted out to him.
anwar ibrahim freed from police ipk detention pc 170708 04Anwar also queried why there was no investigation launched against the deputy prime minister and his wife.
“But when it comes to me, this is turned into a national programme,” he said in an irritated voice.
“Yet when it is about Najib (Abdul Razak) and Rosmah (Mansor), hard questions are not asked of them,” he said, referring to allegations that the couple were involved in the murder of a Mongolian woman.
“Why ask for an international forensic team now? If there is basis and a compelling argument, I will be willing to submit. But why make me a victim just because I’m on the different side of the government?”
On his plans for by-election, he said that he was waiting for the right time.
“On the advice of party leaders and friends, we are putting this on hold for now,” said Anwar.
Asked about bitter rivals PAS and Umno conducting talks, Anwar said there was no basis in such reports.
“I’m in communications with PAS leaders, but the hype in the media is something else.
“I support the PAS position that we are prepared to discuss and meet anyone, and that is very much consistent with Pakatan Rakyat’s and my position.”
But he said he is confident of PAS’ loyalty to Pakatan.