Anwar: I did not have sex with Saiful

By Debra Chong, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that he has never had sex with former aide Mohamed Saiful Bukhari Azlan, calling the sodomy charge he faces a “conspiracy by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.”

Opening his defence case from the dock, the opposition leader said: “I categorically deny the charge against me.

“I want to state in no uncertain terms that I have never had any sexual relations with the complainant Mohamed Saiful. His allegation is a blatant and vicious lie and will be proved to be so.”

He said the prosecution had based its case on “so-called findings of seminal fluid or sperm,” which he called a “foundation erected on shaky grounds.”