Saiful thumbs nose at Citizens' Declaration, wants Anwar in jail

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Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who helped put former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim behind bars on grounds of sodomising him, claimed that he was approached to support the Citizens' Declaration.

However, Saiful said he will not support the declaration, which called for the ousting of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and institutional reform, even though it is silent on Anwar.

This, he said, was because the majority of those who supported the declaration were in favour of using it to free Anwar from prison.

"Supporting the Citizens' Declaration equals supporting the freeing of Anwar.

"So should I support the movement where the majority want Anwar to be freed?

"If I do, then indirectly, I will be labelled a liar, accused of lying in court and also going against the religious oath I took at the Federal Territories Mosque (that Anwar sodomised me).

"Therefore, I would never do such a thing (support the declaration)," he said in a blog posting today.

Saiful said he hoped this would serve as his answer to others who are still approaching him to support the declaration.

The former aide to Anwar also claimed he did not want to get involved in political matters.

"The main purpose of the declaration is to bring down a certain leader.

"To me, this is a political issue and I am not interested nor do I have the right to get involved," he said.

Anwar was in February last year jailed five years for sodomising Saiful, a charge the PKR de facto leader claimed was politically motivated.

During the signing of the Citizens' Declaration on March 4, Hakam president Ambiga Sreenevasan said reforms must include freeing those unjustly incarcerated including Anwar.

Purajaya has vehemently denied that Anwar is a political prisoner even though the UN recognises him as a prisoner of conscience.

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