Anwar: I will fight them hard
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday said he would fight hard against the latest sodomy allegation which he once again said was nothing more than a repeat of the same political conspiracy launched against him in 1998.
He said he has a strong alibi and witnesses who will be able to prove his innocence against a sodomy allegation but declined to elaborate, saying he had been advised by his lawyers to refrain from making any statement relating to the case.
Compared to the first time when he was charged with sodomy in 1998, Anwar said this time he was well prepared with facts and documents to clear his name.
“In 1993, the police stole my diary and never returned it. We struggled to think of what happened years ago. This time, events are still fresh in my memory. There is the diary and witnesses,” he said at a media conference. “No way am I going to give them an easy route this time. I will fight them hard and effectively, because it is the second round of dirty conspiracy.”
To a question, Anwar said he believed the sodomy accusation was re-used 10 years later because “they think this is the best to cause anxiety and disgust among Muslims.”
He said his lawyers had written three letters to the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General indicating his willingness to co-operate in the investigation.
“They have not replied until today. Take my DNA, take my hair,” said Anwar.
He also claimed that a former chief judge and a Federal Court judge had apologised to him for the cases involving him in 1998.
Anwar alleged that the former chief judge had cried to him and said that “they were under orders”.
The Federal Court judge had passed him a message saying: “You understand la sir, please understand us, circumstances were such and nothing could be done”.
Anwar appealed to the two judges to reveal in public what they had told him in private.
He also told reporters that Saiful Bukhari Azlan was never his aide but was a volunteer who was brought in by one of his then assistants Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad to help in the campaigning of the Seri Setia state constituency in Selangor which Nik Nazmi contested and won.
Saiful came in as a volunteer and was never made a permanent staff or paid as a full-time worker.
Anwar also said he has obtained a statutory declaration (SD) under oath which implicated that Saiful was closely connected to Khairil Anas Yusof who is a special officer in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He did not say who made the SD.
He also claimed that the police report was lodged by Saiful to derail his plans to contest a by-election and to also stop Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs from crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat.
“Today would have been the day the four Barisan Nasional members of parliament (MPs) would be joining us,’’ said Anwar without naming them.