July 18, 2008 23:28 PM
PM Says Necessary For Anwar To Give DNA Sample
PUTRAJAYA, July 18 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Friday it was necessary for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to allow a DNA sample to be taken and the process could be conducted in a transparent manner to assist the police investigation into an allegation of sodomy against him.
The prime minister said Anwar could see for himself the process of the DNA test to know the result, adding that Anwar could ask to have the test done there and then for him to see the process.
"He (Anwar) said he did not do anything. Surely, the result will not show anything that he had not done. That's the procedure. What's so difficult?" he told reporters after launching hydrofuel-driven taxis at the Putrajaya Mosque Square, here.
The prime minister responded thus when asked of the need for the authorities to take a DNA sample again after they had taken one 10 years ago when Anwar was then accused of sodomy.
Police are investigating a report lodged by an aide of Anwar that Anwar had sodomised him and so far Anwar had given a statement to the police but had turned down a request to have his DNA sample taken for fear that the result might be manipulated.
On the reported apprehension of the United States and Japan that there was a political motive in the accusation against Anwar, Abdullah said that was not true.
"Nothing. There is no conspiracy or any action to victimise Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Don't believe that," he said.
Abdullah said that if it was possible, the government wanted the case to be resolved soon.
On Anwar's request for the prime minister to give an assurance that the police investigation would be conducted professionally, Abdullah said Anwar had that assurance.
"He (Anwar) will be protected by the existing laws. We have to abide by the laws. The authorities also abide by the laws. We have laws. The laws will serve as our guide for the actions we take," he said.
And today, this:
July 19, 2008 20:17 PM
Musa, Gani Excluded From Anwar's Sodomy Investigation - Abdullah
KEPALA BATAS, July 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has given the assurance that Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail will not be involved in the investigation into the sodomy allegation involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The prime minister said since Anwar had made reports against Musa and Abdul Gani, it was only proper that both of them be excluded from the investigation.
"The IGP and AG will not be having any role in the investigation into the allegation against Anwar," he told reporters after presenting study offers and educational sponsorship of the private Island College of Technology for 350 students at the Kepala Batas Dewan Millenium, here.
On Wednesday, Anwar gave his statement to the ACA in Putrajaya covering three main issues namely fabrication of evidence, omission of facts and falsification of the medical report from the Forensic Department.
The statement to the ACA was in connection with a police report he lodged on July 1 at the Selangor police headquarters, alleging that Abdul Gani and Musa had fabricated evidence on his assault by the then inspector-general of police, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor in 1998.
Abdul Gani was a deputy public prosecutor then while Musa was the investigating officer in Anwar's case.
To a question whether it was necessary to suspend Musa and Abdul Gani from duties following the report lodged against them, Abdullah said he did not see necessity to do so.
He said officers involved in the investigaton would not be referring any details of the investigation either to Musa or Abdul Gani.
"There is no reason why they should be suspended from duties," he said.