More mystery DNA profiles in Saiful’s rectum, trousers, says defence

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers today continued to cast doubt on a government scientist’s DNA profiling report, claiming that it failed to include two more unknown DNA profiles.

“It seems like half a football team’s DNA is found but you chose not to report it,” defence counsel Ramkarpal Singh said today.

He accused forensic scientist Dr Seah Lay Hong of failing to comply with basic international guidelines of DNA profiling, saying that the chemist report was “biased”.

The lawyer said that despite graph readings which showed two more unknown DNA profiles in Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s lower rectum and on his black trousers, Dr Seah did not put it in the chemist report.

The forensic scientist has so far agreed that there were three DNA profiles involved in the case — that of Male Y, an unknown DNA profile and Saiful’s.

When asked why she did not report it, Dr Seah merely said that she did not find the readings “significant”.

“The reading not reported although it had a high reading,” argued Ramkarpal.

The fiery lawyer spent a good part of the morning’s cross-examination today in questioning the credibility of the chemist report prepared by Dr Seah.

He claimed that the chemist report was inconsistent, saying that Dr Seah had failed to comply with guidelines set by the International Society of Genetic Forensics.

“She has failed to follow crucial guidelines… I am going on guidelines here. I have suggested to her certain scenarios which paint a different picture from what she has suggested,” Ramkarpal told reporters later.

The trial will resume at 2 this afternoon with further cross-examination of the prosecution witness.

Saiful had complained that Anwar, his ex-boss, had sodomised him at a luxury condominium in upper-class Bukit Damansara here on June 26, 2008.

Saiful, now aged 25, has never named anyone else.