No sign Anwar's brother was sodomised -
By K. Baranee Krishnaan
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Reuters) - A doctor on Tuesday
told Anwar Ibrahim's sex trial that he found no physical
evidence the former finance minister's adopted brother had
engaged in homosexual acts with Anwar, despite confessing
The government doctor's testimony supported Anwar's
argument that police sought to pin trumped up sex charges on
both him and his adopted brother, Sukma Darmawan, who
are jointly standing trial on sodomy charges.
Sukma was sentenced to six months in jail in September after
pleading guilty to being sodomised by Anwar, who was
arrested one day after his adopted brother's 30-minute trial.
Sukma later changed his stance, saying police coerced him
into confessing after abusing him in detention in an effort to
Both Anwar and Sukma, who has served his six-month jail
term, are accused of sodomising the former minister's family
driver in a trial which has opened wounds in Malaysia.
The capital's High Court is holding a crucial trial-within-a-trial
to determine if Sukma's earlier confession can be admitted as
evidence to convict Anwar.
Anwar, serving a six-year jail sentence for corruption, faces
four other charges of sodomy and one of corruption.
Once deputy prime minister and a step away from the
country's highest political office, Anwar says the charges
against him were part of a high-level political plot to ruin his
chances of ever succeeding Prime Minister Mahathir
Apart from the present sodomy trial involving his former
driver Azizan Abu Bakar, Anwar also faces a charge of
sodomising Sukma in April 1998.
Doctor Zahari Noor, who appeared as a defence witness in
the trial-within-a-trial, said on Tuesday Sukma showed no
physical signs of having been sodomised when he examined
him under police custody in September.
``There were no significant physical signs to show any
evidence of homosexual activity,'' he said to questions from
defence lawyer Jagdeep Singh Deo.
Zahari did not say whether Sukma would normally have
shown signs of having been sodomised five months after
alleged sex with Anwar.
Zahari said he reported his findings immediately to a police
officer, Rodwan Yusof, who witnessed the examination
conducted at federal police headquarters.
``I told Rodwan it was a negative finding with regards to a
blunt object being passed through the anus,'' said the forensic
scientist employed by the government-owned Kuala Lumpur
Hospital. Rodwan told the High Court last week he knew
nothing of the results of Sukma's medical examination.
Cross-examined by prosecutor Gani Patail, Zahari said he
had even written in Sukma's medical record that he had been
``unable to insert'' his fingers during the examination.
Earlier on Tuesday, a lawyer told the trial that he had been
denied access to Sukma while the defendant was in police
custody last year.
K. Ganesan said he had been surprised to learn later that a
government lawyer was representing Sukma. Sukma told the
court last week that police forced him to accept the
government-appointed lawyer or face an indefinite detention.
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