Conspiracy, Dear Watson!

Posted on July 22, 2008

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Did you read RPK’s ‘How, yet again, they are trying to fabricate evidence against Anwar’?

Amongst other things, this is what RPK said :

‘Hold on awhile though. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that Anwar must volunteer his ‘new’ DNA profile. The 1998 DNA profile that the police have on record is ‘too old’, argued Abdullah. The police, in turn, said that if Anwar refuses to volunteer his ‘new’ DNA profile then they would have to obtain a court order to force him to do so. Hmm…..there appears to be many things wrong with all this’.

Indeed, many things certainly appear to be wrong.

Let’s backtrack.

Saiful lodged his police report on the evening of 26th June, 2008. At 5.45pm, to be precise, according to RockyBru.

That same night, Malaysiakini carried a report of this new sodomy episode, timestamped at 11.03pm.

In the RockyBru post linked above, which was posted a little after noon the following day, a copy of Saiful’s report to the police is reproduced.

This is an excerpt from Saiful’s report :

‘Perkara ini berlaku tanpa kerelaan saya. Kejadian terakhir berlaku 26/6/08 di Unit 1151, Kondominium Desa Damansara, Jln Setia Kasih, KL’ Oleh itu, tujuan laporan ini dibuat untuk mendapat pembelaan dan keadilan keatas diri saya’.

In substance, he claims to have been raped more than once, the last occasion being on 26th June. Read somewhere else that he claims that in all, it happened 8 times.

Now, social workers who deal with rape victims will tell you that such victims will vacillate between feelings of shame, guilt, depression and rage.

Some, with the help of counsellors, come round to seeing it for what it is, and feel the need to see the perpetrator brought to bookto enable them to move on with their lives.

Some may take the law into their own hands.

Most will turn to the law.

And they lodge their police reports.

Which Saiful did.

My first question, though, is who made Saiful’s report public that Saturday evening?

Saiful, those who were lending him support, or the police?

In his report, Saiful says he makes the report to get justice for himself, and not that he wants to prevent the perpetrator doing the same to others. If it was the latter, I could understand him going public with the report, but his reasons are personal unto himself. He wants justice for himself.

Did Saiful publicise the report, and if so, why? What would motivate an alleged victim of forced sodomy to publicise his police report?

Or those lending moral support to Saiful? Who? Why?

The police? If so, why?

I have no answers, so let me move on to the next ‘thing’ that appears to be not right.

On 30th June, police forensics did a sweep of the apartment in which the last assault is alleged to have taken place – see the Malaysiakini report.

Then on 2nd July, NST online reported that police had classified Saiful’s case as one of sodomy. The report suggests that this was based on medical examinations of Saiful that turned up evidence of anal penetration. The report went on to further say that stool samples had been taken by doctors for further investigation.

Two weeks ago, at a dinner in KL, I was told by someone whose credibility I have no reason to question that he had been informed by a minister that this time they had ‘incontrovertible evidence’. CCTV footage and DNA profiles that matched.

I made calls to a few people in UMNO. They were saying the same.

‘Anwar’s going to hang this time’, one said.

Then last Wednesday, Anwar got arrested. This was already expected.

What was also expected was a remand order of a few days, after which , off to court to be charged.

It did not happen.

Why?

They need Anwar’s DNA and he refused to give a blood sample.

What happened to the ‘incontrovertible evidence’?

What happened to Anwar’s DNA profile of 1998?

‘Too old’, says Flip-Flop.

Too old for what?

RPK speculates :

‘Yes, in September 1998 they already took Anwar’s specimen. But they can’t use it as evidence in this latest sodomy allegation. They need to ‘update’ the evidence and unless they can force Anwar to give them his new specimen then the evidence will be shot full of holes’

Check out these views of some Malaysiakini readers :

‘To put it bluntly, a blood or serum specimen from DSAI could be introduced by catheter into the rectum of the complainant (or mixed in vitro ie. with Saiful’s specimen outside of the body in a test tube) and any sample taken from Saiful will show the presence of Anwar’s DNA. Thus Anwar will be found to guilty of sodomy’ – DR PR

‘It was the joke of the century when the PM commented on the DNA. The funny part is he got the facts wrong. When the experts collect blood samples the get the coding, it is translated into a chart which is on permanent record. This record is done once, and that’s it. It is something like profiling a blood test. If you are in the group of A+, then you are forever A+. It is unnecessary to withdraw blood to get the grouping after 10 years or 20 years. The grouping will not change. Likewise, DNA profiling is permanent. The idea that the current government and police force need to have Anwar’s blood for new DNA profiling is illogical. This simply shows the lack of knowledge among this group of people and to paint bad picture about DSAI refusing to allow blood sample taken from him’ – Dr. Nedu

In other countries, convicted sex criminals are DNA profiled and recorded so that in future, semen samples obtained from victims of rape may be profiled and checked against those records maintained by the police.

Have samples taken from Saiful been DNA profiled? If they have, do they match Anwar’s DNA profile from 1998? If so, charge him. If there is no match between Saiful’s DNA-profiled samples and Anwar’s 1998 DNA profile, how would a fresh sample help in investigations?

Only the police can answer this.

One last ‘thing’ that does not seem right.

The PC by Saiful’s lawyer yesterday.

This has to be the first time that the father of an alleged victim of ‘rape’ goes public to appeal to the alleged perpetrator to co-operate with the police.

This is the clearest evidence that this whole episode is turning into a circus.

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