Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Trial Over Nothing


Anwar to be charged tomorrow for sodomy

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be charged for sodomy when he turns up at the Jalan Duta sessions courts tomorrow after police took a civil approach today and issued him a summons to appear in court. In a similar sequence of events 10 years ago, balaclava-clad elite policemen arrested him and detained him under the Internal Security Act before setting charges.

His court appearance will come a day after the Election Commission decided that the Permatang Pauh by-election will be held on Aug 26 which Anwar said he will contest.

A police team led by DSP Jude Pereira issued the summons notice just a little after noon today when they turned up at his Bukit Segambut house, which is incidentally near the Jalan Duta courts.

Anwar is scheduled to hold a press conference later at 3pm and his Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) officials said it could be related to the summons charge. He is currently speaking to his lawyers, according to lawyer Sankara Nair.

Anwar was arrested last month for questioning into the sodomy accusations made in a report lodged by former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 28. Saiful had claimed Anwar sodomised him in a posh Damansara condominium on June 26 and other occasions abroad.

The former deputy prime minister has denied the charges which mirror charges a decade ago that cost him a chance to succeed former mentor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister. Anwar has claimed Permatang Pauh is the final step before he forms the federal government by his self-proclaimed deadline of September 16.

Anwar was convicted for both corruption and sodomy and was given a total sentence of 15 years. He was released in 2004 after the Federal Court overturned the sodomy conviction but lost his Permatang Pauh seat which he had held since 1982. His wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail took over and defended the seat for three terms before quitting last week to make way for him.

She remains PKR president and also created history by being the first woman Parliamentary Opposition Leader.

*So they still want to charge him over this bogus accusation. What a load of bollocks! They are just doing this so that when rakyat demonstrate they have the reason to declare emergency and suspend the Parliament. So Anwar can never contest in Permatang Pauh by-election.

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