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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sodomy Case: Saiful’s dad joins Pakatan

PETALING JAYA: The father of Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who was involved in the sodomy case implicating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has joined PKR.

Azlan Mohd Lazim announced his decision at a press conference at the PKR headquarters here yesterday.
“The reason I am here this morning is to submit my application form as a PKR member,” he said.

Just three days earlier, Azlan said his son was part of a conspiracy hatched by a special officer of the Prime Minister's Department to destroy Anwar's political career.

Asked on the timing of his allegation and why he did not make his stand known in 2008, he said it was the appropriate time for him to do so now.

“I expect this to be raised ... my principle is clear,” Azlan said, denying allegations that he had ulterior motives.

Saiful had made a police report that he was forcefully sodomised by Anwar on June 29, 2008.

On Aug 15 that year, in the congregation hall of the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, he took sumpah laknat an oath according to Syariah principles that he spoke the truth.

Anwar was subsequently charged in court but was acquitted on Jan 9 last year. The prosecution has since filed an appeal against the acquittal.

At the press conference, Azlan expressed his love for Saiful and his two other children.

“I wish to apologise to my son for what has happened. There is no intention to oppress or betray him ... he is my child,” he said.

Asked if he was willing to take a similar oath like his son, Azlan said: “Looking at the history of this country, many people have sworn and taken an oath I am not afraid but I will not do so.”

Attempts by newsmen to pose further questions was cut short by PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifudin Nasution who quickly handed the application form to Azlan.

Meanwhile, an emotional pro-Anwar blogger caused a stir outside the PKR office when he lashed out at the media for allegedly asking “stupid questions” and challenging Azlan to take an oath on the Quran.


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