Anwar wants condo owner, four others interviewed

(Bernama) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed an application to interview five witnesses before he takes his stand in his ongoing sodomy trial on Aug 8.

In the application, filed this morning via Messrs Karpal Singh & Co, Anwar named two of the witnesses as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The three others are Hasanuddin Abd Hamid, the owner of the condominium unit where the incident allegedly occurred, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and ex-Melaka police chief Datuk Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof.

Anwar stated that under the law, the onus is on the prosecution to facilitate witness interviews by the defence and that the costs will be paid by the prosecution.

In a supporting affidavit, Anwar said that his counsel S.N. Nair had received a letter from the Brickfields Criminal Investigation Department, dated July 18, stating that Mohd Rodwan, Najib, Rosmah and Musa had declined to be interviewed but agreed to be defence witnesses on condition that a subpoena is issued against them.

On May 16, Justice Mohamad Zabidin ordered Anwar to enter his defence after ruling that Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the complainant in the case, was a truthful and credible witness.

At the close of their case, the prosecution offered 71 witnesses, of whom the defence chose to interview 25.

Anwar pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court on Aug 7, 2008, to committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature at Kondominium Desa Damansara in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26 the same year.