Scenes at Anwar Ibrahim’s Trial
Anwar Ibrahim, who stands accused of sodomy in a long-delayed trial due to start this afternoon, intends to subpoena Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor as witnesses.
Anwar, 62, claimed to have evidence that the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, had met the duo two days before lodging a police report.
“We want to know Rosmah and Najib’s involvement in this,” Anwar told supporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court complex this morning.
“They had initially denied the meeting. Now Najib has admitted he had met (with Mohd Saiful) and we want to know (more).
“If Najib and the government have managed to cover up the Altantuya (Shaariibuu) murder trial, what more this? This is a desperate attempt to implicate me.”
In July 2008, Najib, who was then deputy premier, admitted Mohd Saiful (right) had paid him a visit at his home a few days before lodging the police report against Anwar.
Najib claimed he had advised Mohd Saiful to lodge the report but denied involvement in an alleged conspiracy against Anwar.
Prior to this, Najib had admitted that he met Mohd Saiful on another occasion at his Putrajaya office.
Mohd Saiful, a Universiti Tenaga dropout, was said to have been seeking Najib’s help in obtaining a government scholarship.
Saiful’s father, Azlan Mohamad Lazim, told AFP that his son was in within the court complex.
“(He is) ready and prepared to testify in the case,” said Azlan.
However, he declined to comment on Anwar’s allegations over the meeting with Najib.
Application for review
Anwar, is charged with sodomising his former aide at the Desa Damansara Condominium, in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008. He has claimed trial.
Earlier today, his lawyers applied for a review of the apex court’s decision last Friday to dismiss Anwar’s appeal to gain access to more evidence and documents.
Anwar claimed today that this is the only sexual misconduct trial in the world where there is suppression of facts and evidence to the defence.
“Following amendments to Section 51 of the Criminal Procedure Code, we are entitled to gain more evidence then what we are getting to prepare my defence,” he said.
Specifically, he is seeking CCTV footage, doctors’ notes from Pusrawi Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital, along with witness statements and the witness list.
Anwar noted that the presence today of the foreign media and representatives of diplomatic missions was larger then at his 1998 sodomy and corruption trials.
“Certainly, they have voiced their concern over this recent development.”
Among those in court were representatives of Japan, UK, Switzerland and the United States.
Also present were International Committee of Jurists and Commonwealth Lawyers Association representative Mark Tromwell, and the International Bar Association’s Jennifer Robinson. There are acting as observers during the trial.
The proceedings attracted a string of Pakatan Rakyat leaders including Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (PAS), Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim (PKR), Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy Syed Husin Ali.
Anwar’s supporters, led by PKR leaders, put up a noisy show of support.