Wan Azizah Questions by Police
|Police take Wan Azizah’s statement again|
|Written by Chua Sue-Ann & Sharon Tan|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:03|
|PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail was today summoned by the police to give another statement in relation to the upcoming sodomy trial of her husband and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Wan Azizah was accompanied by her lawyer R Sivarasa into the Tropicana police station two doors away from PKR’s headquarters here at about 3pm today.
Before that, both Wan Azizah and Sivarasa, who is also PKR vice-president, were attending PKR’s political bureau meeting over the fate of the party’s controversial member, Kulim-Bandar Baharu member of parliament Zulkifli Noordin.
Wan Azizah told reporters that she was “puzzled” that the police had requested her appearance barely a week before Anwar’s sodomy trial is scheduled to begin.
She noted that almost two years had passed since Anwar was investigated for sodomy after his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, levelled the accusations.
Mohd Saiful, 24, had accused Anwar of sodomising him at a condominium in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur on June 26, 2008.
When she left the police station after spending more than an hour there, Wan Azizah said her statement was recorded by a DSP Lee Li Choo on the orders of DSP Jude Pereira, who is the investigating officer in Anwar’s sodomy case.
Commenting on the matter, Anwar said, “This is harassment. They [the police] are scraping the bottom of the barrel. They cannot find any witnesses and now they are trying to turn my wife around.”
When contacted, Anwar’s lawyer Sankara Nair said the matter was “nothing spectacular” as the police were merely “tying up loose ends” in their investigations.
Sankara said the police had also summoned four of Anwar’s staff, who were lined up to provide Anwar’s alibi, to have their statements taken again.
The former deputy prime minister’s high-profile sodomy trial is scheduled to begin at the Kuala Lumpur High Court from Feb 2.
Meanwhile, the Federal Court will on Jan 29 give its ruling on whether Anwar can obtain the additional evidence and documents his defense team have requested.