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Yusof wants court to order Anwar to give DNA sample
Published:  Mar 11, 2011 1:04 AM
Updated: Mar 12, 2011 7:18 AM

Investigating officer Supt Jude Blacious Pereira is being grilled today by defence lawyer Karpal Singh on the method of his investigations into the sodomy allegations against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Pereira, who is the 25th and last prosecution witness, had yesterday testified on the identities of those present at the Desa Damansara condominium where the alleged sodomy took place.

He also testified that he had to detain the accused overnight at Kuala Lumpur police headquarters (IPK KL) to record his statement after he had a medical check-up in Hospital Kuala Lumpur where he refused to give his blood sample.

If the cross-examination of the witness by the defence and re-examination by the prosecution end today, High Court justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah will fix a date for final arguments from both parties.

Following their submissions, the judge will decide whether the prosecution has a prima facie case against Anwar and call for the defence. If not, Zabidin may throw the case out of court.

LIVE REPORTS

8.55am: The prosecution team led by solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden is in court with defence counsel Sankara Nair and Ram Karpal already present.

8.59am: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives with wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and a number of supporters.

Some of PKR supporters are already in court but there are still some seats available at the public gallery as it is only three-quarter full.

9.00am: Lead defence counsel Karpal Singh enters the courtroom.

9.09am: Court called into session with High Court justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah presiding.

9.11am: Investigating officer Jude Blacious Pereira takes witness stand.

Yusof informs the court that he has two additional questions to ask before handing the witness over to the defence for cross-examination.

Pereira tells the court the basis for issuing the arrest warrant as he had reasonable suspicion that Anwar was responsible for the offence.

He says he had recorded statement from Saiful and other witnesses, and also received the chemist report on the semen as well as the CCTV recording.

Yusof: When you get the warrant, did you inform the defendants lawyer?

Jude: I faxed letter to Sankara and asked Anwar to surrender on July 16, 2008 by 2pm.

11.48am: Karpal and the prosecution are meeting the judge in his chambers.

[More to follow]

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