No affair between Saiful and DPP, says Nazri

(The Malaysian Insider) – The government said today there is no evidence of an affair between Mohd Saiful Bukhari, who has accused Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomising him, and deputy public prosecutor Farah Azlina Latif, who was part of the prosecution team in the ongoing trial.

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said in a written reply to a parliamentary question by Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh that the Attorney-General has investigated claims that Saiful had a relationship with Farah Azlina.

“But the claims were found to be baseless without any concrete proof,” the de facto law minister said.

However, the Padang Rengas MP said that Farah Azlina was removed from the prosecution team to avoid any further allegations of impropriety in Anwar’s second sodomy trial that began 21 months ago.

Opposition Leader Anwar had tried to strike out the sodomy charge following controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s allegations in August 2010 that Saiful and Farah Azlina were in a sexual relationship.

But the High Court ruled that there was no abuse of process as the DPP’s role was “limited, therefore Farah Azlina had no access to any investigation papers, including any documents.”

Judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah made the decision despite noting that the prosecution team had not answered the defence’s affidavit concerning the alleged affair, “so the court must accept what has been said as the truth.”

He had also refused to call Saiful and Farah Azlina to answer allegations about their “affair” during the former deputy prime minister’s trial.