We really wonder what has become of our society, if really, we can call it “society”.
It is indeed mind-boggling already that we have to bear with the insult to our intelligence per Sodomy 2 (eg how can an old man do it forcibly? and how would not a young man resist it with all he can, let alone allow it to happen more than once???)
Now, we have to contend with the star witness being accused of having an affair with the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP)? Or rather, the DPP being accused of having an affair with the star witness? (No, shouldn’t he be the accused as well?)
If the DPP did not do it, why should the Attorney General (AG) drop her? If the DPP did not do it, why is it that the AG did not defend her?
Something must have happened, and this is why the AG removed her.
Whatever it is, how is it that Saiful has not been and will not be charged for sodomy and zina?
Little wonder our FDIs have dropped so significantly.
Lawyer: Did DPP have sex with Saiful? Yes or no?
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers want a definite answer from the prosecution team of the sodomy II trial — a yes or no if deputy public prosecutor Farah Azlina Latif has an affair with the hearing’s key witness and alleged sodomy victim, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
In a letter submitted to lead prosecutor, Solicitor-General II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, lawyer Sankara Nair listed down three reasons for the demand.
First is that the allegation, which was reported by an online news portal on July 22, “has been published pervasively for national and worldwide viewing”.
Second, said Sankara, is that there is serious implication in the integrity of the prosecution team.
“This is because the DPP involved is part of the prosecution team and has access to sensitive and confidential information that cannot be disclosed to Saiful,” read the letter dated July 26.
Third is the reply given by Mohd Yusof, which was published in the same July 22 article, that had invited much speculation “particularly because the reply was vague and not firm”.
“Therefore, your confirmation or denial will be much appreciated,” concluded the letter.
Trial may be marred
The allegation was the latest scandal to rock the controversial sodomy trial, Anwar’s second in 10 years, and is likely to further erode public confidence in the integrity of the trial.
The move by Attorney-General Abdul Ghani Pattail to drop Farah Azlina yesterday only strengthen this perception.
“The Attorney-General’s Chambers cannot compromise on any issue that can tarnish the image or credibility of the department and we are looking at such matters very seriously.
“This can be very difficult for us but any personal matter, if it can have any implication in whatever form on the department, will be handled very seriously,” he told a press conference at his office in Putrajaya yesterday.
He added that Farah Azlina had to be dropped not because she was found guilty, but to avoid any negative public perception on the prosecution team. He neither confirmed nor denied the alleged affair between the DPP and Saiful.
Anwar, who is the PKR de facto leader, is charged with sodomising Saiful at Unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, here between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The 62-year-old has denounced the charge as “evil, frivolous lies by those in power” and had openly accused Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, of being the architects behind the sodomy II trial.
The former deputy prime minister is charged under section 377B of the Penal Code and can be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in jail and whipping upon conviction. The case resumes on Aug 3.