Sodomy II: Anwar tells PM, wife, to explain meeting with Saiful

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defence team insisted today the prime minister and his wife are relevant witnesses for the opposition leader’s ongoing Sodomy II trial.

In his affidavit-in-reply to Datuk Seri Najib Razak filed today, Anwar said he needed the PM to come to court not to show he was involved in a “conspiracy, but to get clarification” on the latter’s meeting with Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 24, 2008, just two days before the alleged sodomy act took place.

Anwar raised similar points in a separate affidavit-in-reply to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, saying he wanted her to explain because she had given a witness statement to the police officer in charge of the ongoing sodomy case, DSP Jude Pereira.

The High Court is set to hear tomorrow, Najib’s and Rosmah’s twin applications to skip the trial, which resumes on October 3.

“Datuk Seri Najib has said, ‘subpoena, I’ll come’,” Anwar told reporters at court this afternoon.

He repeated he was disappointed the PM was reneging on his word.

“They have said they are not relevant witnesses and their evidence is not material to the case,” Anwar’s lawyer, Sankara Nair said, referring to the PM’s and Rosmah’s affidavits.

“We are saying it is,” Sankara added.

Both Najib and Rosmah were subpoenaed last month after they refused to take part in closed-door interviews.