Monday, June 30, 2008

Man behind Anwar sodomy report seen ....

Monday June 30, 2008

SHAH ALAM: PKR has released four sets of pictures showing the man who made a police report alleging sodomy by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The pictures were taken at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the accuser was posing with three Cabinet ministers.

One of the pictures showed Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, posing with Khairil Anas Yusof, an aide at the Deputy Prime Minister's office.

“I have a picture actually showing the link to the Deputy Prime Minister,” PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told a packed press conference after the PKR supreme council meeting.

“The young man who lodged the police report (against Anwar) was in the Deputy Prime Minister's office. I think that is explanatory.

“Next to the young man is the Deputy Prime Minister's special officer Khairil Anas Yusof,” she said.

Mohd Saiful, a student leader at a local university and Anwar's special assistant during the March general election, made a police report that he was sodomised by Anwar last Thursday.

Asked if she was implying that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was behind the allegation, Dr Wan Azizah said it was just speculation.

“I mean, the picture is (was taken) at the Deputy Prime Minister's office. That's it,” she said.

Asked whether the allegation was another political conspiracy against Anwar, similar to the one in 1998, she said: “Very much so. This is a second conspiracy, a political murder that has been committed against my husband. An attempted murder politically.”

On whether the allegation had any relevance to the allegation linking Najib to Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder, she said: “You can link it because it's another diversion from the issues we are facing in our country. This is a political diversion.”

Dr Wan Azizah, however, could not tell when the pictures were taken and did not disclose who forwarded them to her handphone.

The other pictures were of Mohd Saiful posing with Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Tourism Minister Datuk Azalina Othman and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad.

Asked why Anwar was not present at the press conference, Dr Wan Azizah said he received a death threat a few weeks ago.

“He is in a safe place to protect him from danger. We have reason to believe that Anwar's safety is at risk. We received death threats. We were given the advice to take care of Anwar's life,” she said.

On whether Anwar would lodge a police report on the death threats, she said they would discuss the matter with the lawyers.

“We have to protect ourselves at the moment. A lot of Malaysians seek his leadership. Therefore, we have to protect him not only because he is my husband but also because he's the leader of our country,” Wan Azizah said.

When contacted, Shahrir declined to comment on the pictures, saying that he had taken many photos with many people.

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