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No. 4544 PP 2644/12/2008 (020369)

Monday
TELLING IT AS IT IS
June 30, 2008
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Abdullah leaves it to police to probe
PUTRAJAYA: Expressing shock over fresh allegations of sodomy against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Barisan Nasional did not have anything to do with it. “Neither Umno nor Barisan Nasional (BN) have any intention to create difficulties for him (Anwar) since he has claimed he made a political comeback in April,” said Abdullah, adding that it was up to police to investigate and conclude if the claim was true or not. He said he did not have any knowledge about the matter and only heard about it from an SMS received on Saturday. “The person involved has made a report. What else is there for us to do? He has a right to lodge a report. We can’t stop him from doing so. Leave it to the police. We don’t meddle. We don’t do that,” he said yesterday morning after launching the Green Earth programme. Asked to comment on Anwar’s claim that it was a repeat of methods used against him in 1998 when false allegations were made under duress, and he was sacked as deputy prime minister, Abdullah said it was not something which the government could ascertain. “Of course he would make a denial. That’s normal. A person who is alleged will make a denial. But if there is proof, it is up to the police to investigate. “Umno has never thought of disturbing him like this. BN also has never thought of making his life difficult or making up something like this or doing anything bad towards him. We don’t have such intention. It never crossed my mind to frame him. I believe my other colleagues, Datuk Seri Najib (Abdul Razak) or anyone, has never thought about that,” he said. Asked if Anwar will be arrested, Abdullah said: “All that I know is, a report has been made and the police will decide what they want to do and how they are going to investigate.”

Anwar fears for his life
by Charles Ramendran, Tim Leonard and Husna Yusop
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has taken refuge in the Turkish embassy in the wake of what his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail described as a “second political conspiracy” to finish him off. The Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader failed to show at a scheduled press conference at the Quality Hotel here yesterday, following a police report lodged against him on Saturday evening by an aide who accused him of sodomy. The 23-year-old man lodged a police report at the Brickfields police station, alleging that Anwar had sodomised him on Thursday at a condominium in Damansara. It is learnt that in his police report, the man also alleged that Anwar had sodomised him on several occasions over the past three weeks, both locally and overseas. In a press statement issued from the Turkish embassy yesterday evening, Anwar who said he was transported there yesterday morning fearing that his personal safety was in danger, thanked the ambassador for extending an invitation to seek refuge within the embassy. “Since the March 8 elections,

» Prime Minister Abdullah: “Umno has never thought of disturbing him like this. BN also has never thought of making his life difficult or making up something like this or doing anything bad towards him. We don’t have such intention. It never crossed my mind to frame him.” » Wan Azizah: “This is the second political conspiracy … and an attempted murder. There is a serious threat on his life. They did it in 1998 and they are doing it again now.” » Anwar Ibrahim: “I have been told that my assassination has not been ruled out as means to subvert the people’s will and bring an end to the transformational changes taking place in Malaysia.”

numerous credible sources from within the government and military intelligence have advised me that certain agents from within the Barisan Nasional leadership have initiated plots to cause harm to me or my family or supporters,” he claimed. “I have been told that my assassination has not been ruled out as a means to subvert the people’s will and bring an end to the transformational changes taking place in Malaysia,” he said. The former deputy prime minister also said he would make public new evidence implicating the Inspector of Police and Attorney-General regarding cases brought against him in 1998 when he was charged with corruption and sodomy. Wan Azizah who held a press conference accompanied by her daughter Pantai MP Nurul Izzah, and senior PKR leaders, accused the government of a “second political conspiracy” to finish off her husband. She showed journalists a picture message from her BlackBerry, saying “the picture will allow the public to know who is behind the accusations, and why they are doing it now”. The picture showed Anwar’s accuser, a former student leader at Uniten, posing with an official in Putrajaya.