Shafee: Anwar a closet homosexual


(Malay Mail Online) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a “closet homosexual” who cried political conspiracy only when his sexuality was exposed, Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah claimed at a forum held yesterday to “explain” the opposition leader’s sodomy conviction.

According to the private lawyer appointed as public prosecutor under fiat in Anwar’s trial, the PKR de facto chief’s refusals to admit to this purported homosexuality made him a “dangerous” man and a threat to national security.

“You know Anwar is a closet homosexual… Someone who is a closet (homosexual) is more dangerous than those who are open about it,” Shafee said at the forum organised by Umno Youth here last night.

The lawyer who is regularly associated with Umno was replying to a question by a participant who asked if Shafee felt that Anwar was a threat to national security.

Citing former Indonesian president Sukarno as example, Shafee said the ousted leader’s openness about his love for women had freed him from blackmail attempts by his political rivals.

In comparison, Shafee said those who try to conceal their vices would do anything to appear innocent when cornered, noting that such was Anwar’s character.

“I think in that way such a man is a threat to national security,” Shafee said.

Throughout the forum, the lawyer repeatedly said that Anwar was “emphatically” guilty and told participants his account of the trial, chronicling details of the prosecution’s case against the latter.

Shafee maintained that Anwar’s claim of a political conspiracy behind the sodomy charge was a lie, saying the evidence gathered showed the opposition leader was guilty.

Repeating his submissions made during the trial, the lawyer said accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s testimony was solid, and that it was impossible for someone to concoct such vivid details of the alleged act of sodomy if the event did not transpire.

Shafee also insisted that it was implausible for so many parties and agencies to be involved in a scheme to frame Anwar, citing Saiful’s difficulty in getting a check-up after he was allegedly sodomised by Anwar as strong evidence that the government was not involved.

During his testimony, Saiful claimed that he visited two hospitals before he was able to be examined at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) here.

The first hospital he went to was closed and the second referred him to HKL after the doctor involved was informed by Saiful that he had been allegedly sodomised by a high profile political leader.

“If it was a conspiracy then the hospitals would have been opened and everything would have been smooth, right?” Shafee said.

“When politicians are in trouble they always say it’s a political conspiracy,” he added.

Last week, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s 2014 ruling that had reversed Anwar’s acquittal of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, and sentenced the Permatang Pauh lawmaker to five years’ jail.

Anwar will be disqualified as MP and federal opposition leader within 14 days of his conviction unless he files a petition seeking a royal pardon.