Sodomy II: Anwar back on witness stand

The trial-within-a-trial in Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case resumes with lawyer and Subang Jaya MP R Sivarasa testifying for the defence.

bersih ec constitutional putrajaya 181207 sivarasaHe is one of three lawyers who were with Anwar when he was at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on July 16, 2008.

However, before Sivarasa's testimony, the prosecution told the court that it was recalling Anwar to the witness stand.

Anwar had yesterday related the manner in which the police had apprehended him, describing how he had been subjected to medical examination where his private parts - penis, anus and pubic hair - were inspected and measured.

Although Anwar agreed that he was not physically harmed by the authorities during the one-day detention, he questioned the manner in which his arrest was made, where 10 to 15 balaclava-clad Special Action Unit personnel armed with sub-machine guns had stopped him just before he reached his home, when he had already promised to meet the police at 2pm on that same day.

The opposition leader and Permatang Pauh MP had also told the court the arresting officers did not indicate the grounds of his arrest, although he acknowledged that a police report had been lodged against him by sodomy complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Following Sivarasa's testimony today, the prosecution called its first witness in this trial-within-a-trial - arresting officer ASP Ahmad Taufik Abdullah.

This will be followed by submissions by both parties on Monday.

LIVE REPORTS

8.46am: Saiful's father Azlan Mohd Lazim is in court as reporters and the public are allowed to enter.

It has been more than a week since he was in the courtroom.

8.49am: The prosecuting team arrives.

8.55am: The accused Anwar Ibrahim enters the courtroom with his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

9.07am: Former heath minister Chua Jui Meng, who is now Johor PKR chief, joins the public gallery.

9.22am: Lead defence lawyer Karpal Singh arrives with colleague Param Cumaraswamy. Anwar enters the dock.

9.23am: Hearing begins with High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah presiding.

Solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden informs the court that he wants to recall Anwar.

Anwar back on the witness stand.