DNA expert insists lab not ISO17025-certified

The prosecution in the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial will continue to cross-examine foreign DNA expert Dr Brian McDonald for the second day when hearing continues today.

Yesterday, the prosecution questioned McDonald's credibility when it showed the court that some of his testimonies in other cases came under disrepute.

McDonald also conceded to making a mistake when he said during the examination-in-chief that it was wrong of chemist Dr Seah Lay Hong to have the acid phosphatase test on the cotton swabs retrieved from the victim.

He agreed with solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden over a finding in a journal that sperm can last in the rectum for 113 hours.

However, McDonald disagreed with the prosecution when shown a Thai hospital finding that semen can last for 19 days in a female’s private part.

The prosecution is expected to finish its cross-examination of McDonald today.



8.56am: Among those present in the public gallery of the Kuala Lumpur High Court in the Jalan Duta Court Complex is Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution and Baginda Minda.

Baginda was a defence witness in Anwar Ibrahim's first sodomy trial 10 years ago.

9.15am: The accused, Anwar Ibrahim, arrives in court with wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

9.40am: Lead defence lawyer Karpal Singh enters the courtroom.

9.42am: Defence lawyers Karpal Singh, Sankara Nair and Param Cumaraswamy along with solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden and deputy public prosecutor Nordin Hassan go into High Court justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah's chambers.

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