Sunday, September 27

Power failure disrupts Anwar’s sodomy trial


KUALA LUMPUR: The sodomy trial of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was disrupted due to a power failure at the Jalan Duta Court Complex here yesterday.

The power failure occurred about 11am, soon after the prosecution’s fifth witness, Dr Seah Lay Hong, of the Chemistry Department took the oath.

Earlier, Kuala Lumpur Hospital Emergency Care specialist Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan testified that he did not fill up several key medical information on the ‘pro-forma form’ when he examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

He agreed with leading defence counsel Karpal Singh that among the information he had omitted were the sexual history of the complainant, physical examination, circumstances leading to the incident and whether the victim had washed his mouth after the alleged “oral sex”.

When he was referred the pro-forma form by Karpal, Dr Khairul agreed that there was no force used during the act.

However, he said the patient (Mohd Saiful) had informed him that he had put up some resistance.

Anwar, 63, the Permatang Pauh MP, is charged with sodomising Mohd Saiful, 25, at Unit 11-5-1 of the
Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

Questioned further by Karpal, Dr Khairul explained that the form was just a guide in recording the patient’s history, adding that in this particular case, Mohd Saiful had clearly told him that he was sodomised and asked to perform oral sex by a high-profile figure.

Meanwhile, as power was not restored at the court room, the case was postponed to 8.30am today. — Bernama