Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Did Anwar Ibrahim Say too much, asked the Asia Sentinel

Have you had the chance to read Anwar Ibrahim's un-sworn statement from the dock, please read the speech here. My first impression was that after the first few sentence denying the crime he just basically went into attack mode on almost everybody The Judge, Prosecution, Najib and many more, hardly a good defence in my humble unlearned opinion.

Anyway this is an interesting theory from the Asia Sentinel:

Did Malaysia's Anwar Say too Much?
Written by John Berthelsen

He says accuser acknowledged readying himself for sex

Deep into Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s hour-long attack Monday on the Malaysian court that is trying him for sodomy, a sentence appeared that seems extremely awkward for both prosecution and defense. 

Anwar was brought up on the charges by his accuser, former aide Mohamad Saiful Bukhairy Azlan, in July of 2008, five months after the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition that he heads scored a historic victory in national elections, for the first time breaking the Barisan Nasional’s historic 50-year two-thirds majority in Parliament. It is the second time he has been in the dock on sodomy charges. The first was in 1998, when he was convicted in a trial that has been widely condemned as engineered to end his threat as an opposition leader. He served six years before he was pardoned on the sexual perversion charges. 

Anwar said in his prepared statement that after Saiful went to Anwar’s condo in an exclusive area of Kuala Lumpur, he admitted that “he had brought along lubricant and had himself voluntarily and without hesitation applied it” to get ready to go ahead with the sexual act. 

That sentence would tend to invalidate any assumption that the then-60-year-old Anwar suddenly forced himself on the 24-year-old aide. If, as Anwar says, Saiful brought the lubricant with him, it would certainly indicate that Saiful knew what he was getting into when he went to Anwar’s condo that night. 

This in turn is hardly helpful for Anwar, who is on trial for his political life in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur over the allegations, because Saiful’s statement has the ring of truth to it. If you are going to make up a story about being forced into a sex act, you would hardly acknowledge that you voluntarily lubricated your own anus.

Read the rest of the article here.

I think that speech in court could screw up Anwar big time. Let us see shall we,  the Prosecution will certainly  try to find a way to cross examine Anwar on parts of his statement at least.

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