29 October 2014

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Gaps in DNA evidence were highlighted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defence counsel to the Federal Court today in their move to overturn his conviction of sodomising a former aide.

Co-counsel Sangeet Kaur Deo argued that the gap in the prosecution’s case lay in linking the DNA found in three items from the prison cell where Anwar was jailed with DNA found in the rectum of the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The three items from the prison cell – a toothbrush, mineral water bottle and a “Good Morning” towel – were alleged to have been used by Anwar when he was held overnight after being arrested for investigations in July 2008.

“DNA in Saiful’s rectum and DNA in the three items matched. But whose DNA it was, they didn’t know so they called it ‘Male-Y’.”

The gap was proving that the “Male-Y” was indeed Anwar’s, she said, as there was no direct evidence to prove that Anwar had used the three items while in prison.

“The court should not rely on circumstantial evidence when contradicted by direct evidence.”

She said the lockup diary or police log book which recorded Anwar’s movements in the cell was detailed and even noted the time when Anwar was just leaning against the bars of the cell. Neither the book nor the witnesses stated that he had used the three items.

She highlighted the testimony of a lance corporal who said that he heard Anwar brushing his teeth. But in trial, he could not answer when asked if he actually witnessed the PKR leader doing so.

“Witness does not allude to having witnessing Anwar brushing teeth. (That) is an erroneous finding of fact.

“This is material. In fact, this is the link. We have a situation where witnesses were specifically asked what did you see and there was no answer. The prosecution cannot then rely on circumstantial evidence because witnesses were there.”

Sangeet said police obtained the three items to use as evidence “by trickery” and by detaining him further.

The trial judge initially agreed that the items were obtained unfairly but then later accepted them as evidence. Sangeet said the prosecution should not have cited the items as evidence later in the trial when the judge had already dismissed them.

She told the court about the manner in which Anwar was arrested, calling it an “ambush”, and added that there had been no warrant issued at the time of arrest.

Anwar was arrested by police commandos and the warrant of arrest was only issued at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters later, she told the court.

Because his arrest was without a warrant, and also in violation of procedures, Sangeet said the items obtained from the cell as evidence were unlawful.

Police procedures require detainees to be brought to the lockup by 6pm and not brought out again for the detention period.

But Anwar was put in the lock up at around 8pm and then taken to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for his DNA sample to be collected. He exercised his constitutional right not to comply with the sample collection, Sangeet said.

Earlier, co-counsel N. Surendran, who began his submissions yesterday on how the High Court and Court of Appeal failed to give weight to Anwar’s evidence from the dock, started wrapping up today by going through case laws to make his point.

Surendran said the Court of Appeal in its written judgements disregarded the explanation Anwar had given for making a statement from the dock. Anwar had explained why he needed to speak from the dock “not once but five times”.

In his statement from the dock, Anwar had said the the charge against him of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in 2008 was a political conspiracy.

But the High Court and the Court of Appeal had regarded the evidence from the dock as a “bare denial”, Surendran said, and failed to consider evidence given of a “pre-arranged plan” that supported Anwar’s claims of political conspiracy.

The federal court’s hearing began yesterday, with lead counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram building a case to show that the complainant, Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, was not a credible witness.

The court said it may extend the two-day hearing to another day because of the volume of submissions to be made. The prosecution will also be making submissions before both sides make closing arguments.

The defence is also expected to submit on the DNA evidence used in the trial.

A five-member bench is hearing his appeal, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria. Others on the bench are Tan Sri Raus Sharif, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali.

Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years’ jail by the Court of Appeal in March this year but obtained stay of execution pending the outcome of his appeal in the Federal Court. He is out on bail of RM10,000 in one surety.

In January 2012, the High Court, after a lengthy trial, acquitted Anwar of the charge after calling for his defence.
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The prosecution also filed a cross-appeal to enhance the jail term which could be extended up to 20 years.

The opposition leader is alleged to have performed carnal intercourse on Saiful at an apartment in Damansara on June 26, 2008.

This is the second sodomy charge against him. The first was in 1998, after he was sacked from government. He was then accused of sodomising his former driver and acquitted by the Federal Court in 2004.

This time, Anwar’s political career could come to an end if the apex court upholds the Court of Appeal’s conviction and sustains the sentence.

Anwar’s defence team is led by retired federal court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram. Besides Surendran, other lawyers in the team are Ramkarpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur Deo, Zaleha Al-Hayat, Latheefa Koya, R. Sivarasa and Eric Paulsen.

Gobind Singh Deo and prominent lawyer Tommy Thomas are also observing the case.

29 October 2014

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The defence in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal at the Federal Court today said DNA evidence could not be accepted as the only proof of the opposition leader’s alleged crime against a former aide.

Co-counsel Ramkarpal Singh continued the second day of the defence’s submissions by telling the apex court that DNA samples were only part of corroborative evidence.

“(The) fallacy that is so easy to fall to is that there is too much reliance on DNA evidence. It is often forgotten that DNA evidence has to be part of corroborative evidence,” he said.

Anwar’s defence team has so far been building a case to show that the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, was not a credible witness by highlighting gaps and contradictions in his testimony, as well as in the items used by police investigators to obtain Anwar’s DNA.

“(These) are the corroborative evidence that needs to be taken into account by the court even if the DNA evidence is deemed satisfactory,” Ramkarpal said.

His co-counsel and sister, Sangeet Kaur Deo, had earlier submitted to the court that three items taken from Anwar’s prison cell were unlawfully obtained. The items were a toothbrush, plastic water bottle and a towel – allegedly used by Anwar when he was held overnight in the lockup.

There was also no proof, Sangeet had said, that Anwar had actually used the items.

Ramkarpal is submitting that the DNA found in Saiful’s rectum, although a match with DNA on the three items from the lockup, could not be accepted. The DNA on the lockup items have been tagged as belonging to a “Male-Y” and it was not conclusive that “Male-Y” was Anwar.

He said the DNA analysis by government chemist, Dr Seah Lay Hong, was unreliable.

When testifying at the trial, Seah did not provide notes, guidelines or documents to prove that her work was in accordance with international standards.

She had also been “evasive” when answering questions, Ramkarpal said, adding that the contradictions in her analysis rendered her analysis “unsafe”.

A five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, is hearing Anwar’s appeal.

Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years’ jail by the Court of Appeal in March this year but has obtained stay of execution pending the outcome of his appeal in the Federal Court which will be heard today and tomorrow. He is out on bail of RM10,000 in one surety.

In January 2012, the High Court, after a lengthy trial, acquitted Anwar of the charge after calling for his defence.

?The prosecution has also filed a cross appeal to enhance the jail term which could be extended up to 20 years.

The opposition leader is alleged to have performed carnal intercourse on his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at an apartment in Damansara on June 26, 2008. This is the second sodomy charge against him.

The first was in 1998, after he was sacked from government. He was then accused of sodomising his former driver and acquitted by the Federal Court in 2004.

This time, Anwar’s political career could come to an end if the apex court upholds the Court of Appeal ‘s conviction and sustains the sentence.

Anwar’s defence team of 14 lawyers is led by retired federal court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.

28 October 2014

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Stmt_Mayor Estrada

28 October 2014

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Dear Anwar Ibrahim,

As someone who had the great pleasure to met both you and your wife at the 2006 Shakespeare World Congress in Brisbane, I am of course – as with so many of my fellow Australians – thinking of you more especially today, further to this appalling trumped up sodomy case that you have been charged with for such a long period.

For now, my very best and most heartfelt good wishes for your total exoneration, while we will do all that is possible to criticise and oppose any decision that goes against you, even if I am very hopeful about you being cleared of these charges.

In haste – albeit with my most fervent and total support,

Marcus Adamson,
Sydney, Australia
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Menzahirkan sokongan dan harapan semoga DSAI yg dikasihi sentiasa dalam rahmat dan sejahtera.

Insyaallah, kita sentiasa bersama DSAI dalam hal2 yg makruf, kita terasa peritnya kegentiran yg DSAI terpaksa depani demi sebuah perjuangan, semoga dicatit akan sebagai amal kebajikan, dikira dengan ganjaran yg besar berpanjangan.

Yg kami dapat sertai ialah dgn solat dan munajat, memohon Allah untuk ketentuan yg terbaik, kesan yg paling mendalam untuk kebaikan DSAI, keluarga , dan ummah.

Aduhai gagahnya seorang pejuang
Rebahnya untuk bangun semula
Lelahnya tersorok di sebalik genggaman
Harapannya melingari ruang dan zaman
Semoga Tilikan Rahmat Tuhan pemberi rangsangan.

Tenanglah dalamannya ya Tuhan,
Syurgakan dadanya dgn kebersamaan-Mu
Teguhkan pendirian sebagai penyaksian
Yg kebenaran tidak luntur kerana lebatnya kepalsuan

Zaidi

28 October 2014

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Di saat-saat akhir menjelang perbicaraan Mahkamah Persekutuan esok hari, program menjadi semakin padat. Malah program hari ini sahaja sudah cukup memakan kudrat yang bukan sedikit.

Daripada Pulau Pinang hinggalah ke majlis terakhir di Subang Jaya sebentar tadi, seakan muncul satu kekuatan yang berbeda tatkala melihat rakyat tidak putus-putus menterjemahkan sokongan ke atas saya. Saya kembalikan rasa syukur pada Ilahi.

Pagi tadi Majlis Presiden Pakatan Rakyat bersidang, mungkin yang terakhir kali saya pengerusikan. Perbincangan berjalan lancar dan harmonis, dengan tekad agenda dan maslahah rakyat terbanyak terus menjadi fokus Pakatan Rakyat di masa akan datang.

Hati ini tersentuh melihat teman-teman lama dalam ABIM dahulu berkumpul di kediaman untuk sama-sama menunaikan Solat Maghrib dan mendengar tazkirah sahabat lama Prof. Razali Nawawi. Ukhuwah yang sekian lama terjalin ini nyata sekali sesuatu yang tak terbanding nilainya di dunia ini.

Meski ditekan dan diugut, dorongan mahasiswa Universiti Malaya luar biasa sekali. Di sebalik pelbagai sekatan termasuklah menutup pintu utama universiti sehinggalah memutuskan bekalan elektrik, saya dapat kembali ke UM memanfaatkan ruang untuk saya mengongsikan nostalgia dan kenangan di tapak pemula aktivisme saya. Ironi sekali jika dibanding persediaan rapi tatkala Presiden Obama melawat Universiti Malaya dibanding dengan saya, alumnus UM. Lucu juga, di sebuah Universiti yang sewajarnya menjadi gedung ilmu ikonik yang bebas, wadah pidato sebegini dihalang, tetapi program memecah rekod Malaysia yang pelik-pelik diangkat menjadi tradisi. Saya rakamkan setinggi penghargaan atas inisiatif pimpinan Persatuan Mahasiswa UM mengembalikan sireh ini pulang ke gagangnya.

Semalam saya terharu menerima perutusan khusus daripada sahabat akrab Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qardhawi yang mengulas mengenai keperluan perbicaraan yang bermula esok hari dilaksanakan dengan penuh adil dan saksama. Surat daripada John L. Esposito kepada kerajaan Malaysia juga sangat mengharukan saya di saat kepekaan mereka yang cakna dengan perkembangan pengakhiran perbicaraan ini setelah bertahun lamanya.

Jauh di sudut hati, saya meyakini akan prinsip keluhuran undang-undang yang jelas memihak kepada saya dan pasukan pembela. Fakta kes sedia ada cukup kredibel.

Sungguhpun begitu, sebarang bentuk kebarangkalian tetap saya sedia untuk hadapi, kerana saya yakin dan percaya wamaakaru wamaakaraLlah, waLlahu khairul maakiriin.

Apresiasi saya buat Azizah dan keluarga yang saban waktu mendoakan yang terbaik buat saya; demikian juga sokongan yang tidak putus-putus daripada akar umbi dan kepimpinan KEADILAN seluruh negara; muafakat rakan-rakan Pakatan Rakyat khususnya DAP dan PAS; ingatan sahabat sahabat jalinan ukhuwah di seantero dunia; dan terpenting sekali harapan rakyat yang tidak pernah pudar usai September 1998 sehingga kini.

Perjuangan ini, semangat ini, nurani ini akan tetap berpadu meski terkurung di balik tirai besi, takkan kuundur walau seinci. Andai yang tidak diingini tetap berlaku, perjuangan ini perlu diteruskan; maslahah rakyat terus ditegakkan; keadilan sosial dipertahankan; kezaliman perlu terus dibenamkan.

Kepada Allah Yang Maha Esa, harapan akhir kita sandarkan.

Seeru ‘ala barakatiLlah.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

27 October 2014

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27 October 2014

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Perutusan Sahib al Samaha Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi tentang Malaysia dan fitnah terhadap Anwar Ibrahim

Segala puji bagi Allah, dan selawat dan salam ke atas Rasulullah saw, keluarganya dan sahabat serta yang mengikuti petunjuk-Nya.

Malaysia mempunyai kedudukan yang tinggi di sisi kami, dan kami menaruh kasih sayang terhadapnya dengan hati yang jujur. Impian kami adalah untuk melihat Malaysia sebagai realisasi model Islam yang wasatiyyah, bertamadun, maju dan kontemporari. Semua itu tidak akan berlaku kecuali dengan perjuangan orang-orang ikhlas terdiri daripada anak-anak Malaysia, berusaha dan kerjasama berganding bahu, mereka yang amat ingin untuk menjayakan masa depan negara. Mereka saling bantu membantu sehingga berdiri tegak rakyat Malaysia seluruhnya.

Sesungguhnya Allah mengasihi orang-orang yang berperang untuk membela ugamaNya, dalam barisan yang teratur rapi, seolah-olah mereka sebuah bangunan yang tersusun kukuh
(As Saff: 4)

Adalah tidak patut bagi badan kehakiman bertukar menjadi pentas kebencian dan permusuhan politik atau wasilah bagi menjerat pihak lawan di dalam cengkaman kes-kes. Perkara demikian kebanyakannya bertujuan untuk mencalar peribadi melebihi tujuan mencari kebenaran.

Sesungguhnya kami percaya bahawa kemajuan Malaysia, kebangkitan dan kekuatannya terpancar daripada ketinggian nilai-nilai kebebasan dan demokrasi, dan pengukuhan prinsip-prinsip kepelbagaian pemikiran serta persaingan yang mulia demi berkhidmat untuk negara yang berdaulat ini.

Anwar Ibrahim terdiri daripada pemimpin ternama dengan sejarah dan pengalamannya serta perjuangannya, dan kesabaran serta ketabahannya sejak zaman usia muda sehingga ke hari ini. Anwar sewajarnya dilayani dengan jasa perjuangannya dan kerja gigihnya, bukannya menuduhnya dengan tuduhan-tuduhan batil yang tanpa asas.

Mahkamah sebelum ini telah membebaskannya daripada tuduhan itu. Tetapi jelas bahawa terdapat pihak yang yang merekayasa komplot dan tidak mempedulikan kebaikan negara dan masa depan rakyatnya.

Kami beriman dengan apa yang difirmankan Allah swt tentang peristiwa Hadithat al Ifk:-

Sepatutnya semasa kamu mendengar tuduhan itu, orang- orang yang beriman – lelaki dan perempuan, menaruh baik sangka kepada diri (orang-orang) mereka sendiri, dan berkata: “Ini ialah tuduhan dusta yang nyata”.

Sepatutnya mereka (yang menuduh) membawa empat orang saksi membuktikan tuduhan itu. Oleh kerana mereka tidak mendatangkan empat orang saksi, maka mereka itu pada sisi hukum Allah, adalah orang-orang yang dusta.

(Surah An Nur 12-13)

Aku menyeru kepada saudara-saudaraku rakyat Malaysia supaya bekerjasama dan saling bantu-membantu. Aku berharap saudara-saudara di Malaysia menjauhkan diri daripada konflik-konflik yang tidak ada faedah di sebaliknya, malah ianya memudaratkan, tidak memberi manfaat, menghancurkan, tidak membina, merosakkan dan tidak mendatangkan kebaikan.

Segala puji bagi Allah, Tuhan sekalian alam.

YUSUF AL-QARADAWI
Presiden Kesatuan Antarabangsa Ulama Islam
26 Oktober 2014
2 Muharram 1436

27 October 2014

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Universiti Malaya Academic Staff Association (PKAUM) views with great concern the recent developments surrounding Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya’s (PMUM) event of October 27, “40 tahun dari UM ke penjara”, featuring UM alumnus Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

PKAUM affirms that Universiti Malaya, our place of work, learning, research and intellectual exchange, and a public university of a country aspiring for democratic maturity, must safeguard academic freedom and freedom of speech.

We urge Universiti Malaya to provide a safe environment for tonight’s “40 tahun dari UM ke penjara”, as UM has done for recent peaceful public assemblies by students as well as staff.

Universities must be safe havens for our youth to explore ideas and ideals, and to express their thoughts and sentiments. The only prohibitions should be on hate speech, defamation, violence, and other legal infringements, for which general laws are adequate.

Anwar is, of course, the leader of the federal opposition and his speech will assuredly touch on social and political matters. But how is this so bad for the university?

UM’s administration claims – before the event – that it will tarnish the image of the university. As thinking members of UM’s academic body, we do not see any basis for this fear.

PKAUM rejects the unwarranted labelling of this event as “illegal” and disapproves the threat of expulsion and penalties against PMUM president Fahmi Zainol.

Let us be mature, and let us nurture the maturity of our students, by encouraging diversity of ideas and opinions, instead of constricting exposure.

If anything critical is said of the university or the Malaysian government, the response should be to safeguard the same space to other parties. In fact, we are glad that two Umno political figures, Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Global Movement of Moderates CEO Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, participated in a student event on UM campus a few weeks ago.

The UM administration’s antagonistic stance toward PMUM’s October 27 gathering is inconsistent with aspirations to be an internationally recognised and top ranked institution.

We ought to emulate various leading global universities in Westminster parliamentary democracies, which open their doors to prominent persons and thought leaders – who are accountable to students and the academic community. In recent months, UK opposition leader Ed Milliband and Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten, respectively, visited Cambridge University (QS ranked #2) and the University of Melbourne (QS #33), without disapproval and obstruction by the universities’ high offices.

Let us stop pretending that we can be a top university without guaranteeing and protecting academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Azmi Sharom is president of PKAUM

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