Thursday, February 04, 2010


Members of the court in Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial today visited the alleged crime scene at a posh condominium in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

The visit took place after 'in camera' proceedings ended at about 11am.

About a dozen cars ferried the members of the court to the scene together with complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan and the accused Anwar Ibrahim.

When Saiful disembarked at the heavily guarded comdonimium entrance, several women who were there jeered and hurled insults at him.

It is believed that the women had trailed the entourage from the Kuala Lumpur court complex.

Yesterday, Saiful told the court of how Anwar had allegedly made sexual advances to him at Unit 11-5-1 at the Desa Damansara Condominium on June 26, 2008.

Saiful was prevented from revealing further details yesterday as defence counsel Karpal Singh applied for the rest of the testimony to be heard 'in camera'.

The closed-door proceedings began this morning at 9.30am.

Members of the court spent about an hour at the condominium compound before heading back to the court.

LIVE UPDATES follow from the Kuala Lumpur High Court:

4.20pm: Court adjourns till 9.30am tomorrow.

4.10pm: Doctor at Pusrawi suggested that Saiful have himself checked at a government hospital.
Saiful said he then went to the Kuala Lumpur general hospital where he told one Dr Daniel that he was sodomised by the accused.

Saiful said the doctor passed him a note and he proceeded to the emergency ward to lodge a police report was lodged. One superintendent Jude Pereira was among the police that attended to him.

4.00pm: Saiful said on June 28, 2008, accompanied by uncle Tuah Mohd Halim, he went to Tawakal Hospital at about 1.00pm but was turned away because it was only operating for half-day.

Following this, he went to another private hospital - Pusrawi Hospital - and was tended to by Dr Mohd Osman Abdul Hamid.

3.45pm: Footage shows Saiful entering entering a lift at the carpark and leaving more than an hour later.

3.40pm: Computer used to play the CCTV footage freezes while screening footage of the condominium carpark.

Justice Mohd Zabidin orders Anwar to step out of the dock and stand closer to the screen, since the latter can't see clearly.

3.35pm: Court now viewing CCTV footage of Saiful in the condominium.

3.30pm: Justice Mohd Zabidin rules that there was no contempt of court, as contempt must be proven through in depth investigations.

He said the defence can make a police report on Utusan Malaysia report should they feel there is element of contempt in the news report.

3.10pm: After submissions by the defence, Justice Mohd Zabidin said the Utusan Malaysia use of the word 'lagi (again)' was "mischievous".

Court in recess for five-minutes in order for the judge to decide on the matter.

3.00pm: Defence counsel Karpal Singh kicks off the afternoon proceedings by urging Justice Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah to cite Utusan Malaysia for contempt over its front page report titled 'Tak rela diliwat lagi'.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

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