03 February, 2010

Anwar’s indecent proposal

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s accuser in his Sodomy II trial shocked the High Court today when he said the opposition leader had used profane language when asking to have sexual intercourse with him.

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who took the stand at the High Court as the prosecution’s first witness, testified that when he first met Anwar at a condominium in Damansara Heights in 2008, the PKR de facto leader had asked him: “Can I f*** you today?”

The politician's former aide, 26, testified that on the day in question, he was instructed to go to the Desa Damansara condominium at 2.30pm to discuss working arrangements with Anwar.

Earlier, the prosecution team said they will prove that, on the day concerned, Mohd Saiful had gone to Unit 11-5-1 on the fifth floor of the condominium.

At that time, Mohd Saiful saw Anwar sitting alone and eating. He was allegedly sodomised by Anwar at the unit. The complainant then left the place at about 4pm.

In their opening statement, the prosecution said it will prove semen stains taken from the complainant's anus belonged to Anwar.

The prosecution also said they will prove the case with direct evidence from Mohd Saiful and forensic testimony from doctors and chemists.

Apart from these, circumstantial and documentary evidence will also be tendered, the prosecution says.

"Tissue samples were taken from the inside and outside of Mohd Saiful's anus by the examining doctors for DNA tests," Mohd Yusof said.

When asked by the prosecution about his immediate reaction to the request by Anwar, Saiful replied that at that point of time he felt “angry and scared.”

“I was angry and scared.. I refused to do so, to which Anwar became angry,” said Saiful.

The complainant also alleged that the former deputy prime minister had offered him money in exchange for the sexual act, to which he also “refused.”

“I repeated what I had said and told him that I cannot bear to do it.”

Anwar had then “ordered” him to proceed to the guest room where Saiful then stripped and donned a towel before the opposition leader hugged him.

Saiful described to the court how Anwar had closed the curtains of the bedroom, switched off the room lights and closed the door.

“It was dark, but I could still see some light coming from between the cracks of the curtains as well as the washroom light,” explained Saiful.

At this point Anwar had apparently told Saiful to “clean himself up” in the washroom. Saiful did as he was told.

Once in the toilet, Saiful had undressed himself and wore a towel. Upon coming out of the washroom, the complainant had testified that Anwar was sitting on the foot of the bed and was also clad in a white towel.

“He (Anwar) then instructed me to come to him. He then hugged me while standing.”

The court adjourned to 9.30am Thursday. Proceedings will be in-camera due to sensitivity of the testimony.

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