Anwar, judge and others visit apartment

(Free Malaysia Today) – Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial adjourned on Thursday for a visit to the apartment where he is alleged to have had illicit sexual relations with a young male aide.

Anwar and his wife and lawyers, together with his 24-year-old accuser Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, prosecutors and the High Court judge presiding over the case, left the court in a 10-vehicle convoy.

“We are going to the site,” Anwar told reporters as he departed under a police escort for the Desa Damansara condominium in an expensive Kuala Lumpur suburb.

As Saiful alighted from the car, a woman among a group of opposition supporters yelled repeatedly: “You have no shame.”

Anwar, 62, left the building after about half an hour, rolling down the window of his car to smile and wave at supporters.

The former deputy premier, who was sacked and jailed on a sodomy charge a decade ago but was eventually found innocent, has dismissed the new allegations, which carry a penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment, as a plot to end his political career.