No sign Anwar's brother was sodomised -  Dr. Zahari 
                         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
                         to sodomy. 

                         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
                         frame Anwar. 

                         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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