KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, facing sodomy allegations for the second time in 10 years, has got his lawyers to file a suit in the High Court today against former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan for allegedly lodging a false and malicious report.
Anwar, holed up in the Turkish embassy here as he claimed he faces death threats, is fighting to clear his name against the fresh sodomy allegations. He said the complaint is politically motivated.
The 23-year-old Saiful, who is in hospital now, filed a report on Saturday, saying Anwar had sodomised him in a Damansara condominium on June 26. Police are investigating the complaint.
Officials from Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have however postponed their bid to lodge a police report against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail for alleged misconduct and fabricating evidence in the abuse of power and sodomy cases in 1998 and 1999.
Anwar, who led opposition parties to win 82 parliamentary seats in the March general election, first faced sodomy charges in 1998 after he fell out with his then boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He has long said his sacking as deputy premier, convictions on corruption and sodomy charges and subsequent imprisonment were all aimed at preventing him from challenging Dr Mahathir for power.
He served the corruption conviction, but was released in September 2004 after the Federal Court overturned the guilty verdict in the sodomy case. Anwar said the latest accusations against him represented an attempt by the government to prevent his Opposition coalition from wresting power in Parliament.
Meanwhile Dr Mahathir said it was up to the government to decide on the sodomy allegation against Anwar.
“It is a new case. We will see what the police are going to say, what the government will say,” he said yesterday.