Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sodomy II: Pakatan MPs join Aussie counterparts, want charge dropped

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat MPs will be
submitting a memorandum to the Government
calling for the sodomy charge against their
leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be dropped.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Pakatan MPs
were united with their Australian counterparts.
"The memorandum will ... call for the Prime
Minister, Government and the Attorney-
General to drop the charge against Anwar," he
told reporters at the Jalan Duta Court
Complex Thursday.
Lim also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Tun Razak to convene an emergency
Parliamentary meeting on the sodomy charge
as the matter involved the country's
reputation.
"We need to be clear on Parliament's position
on the matter. The charge needs to be
dropped," said the Ipoh Timur MP.
PAS vice-president and Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz
Omar claimed the case was an "evil
conspiracy," hence the need for the
memorandum.
Batu MP and PKR strategic director Tian Chua
said MPs had a universal responsibility in the
democractic system to defend justice and
human rights.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said the
memorandum would most likely be sent to the
Attorney-General.
"The AG should drop the case. In my mind, the
charge is groundless. The medical evidence is
clear. Three doctors from the KL Hospital have
reported that there is no conclusive findings of
penetration," he said.
About 50 Australian MPs from both sides of
the political divide had recently lodged a formal
protest urging Malaysia to drop the sodomy
charge in the interest of building "confidence in
the impartial rule of law in Malaysia."
The chairman of the Australian Parliament's
foreign affairs sub-committee, Michael Danby,
had delivered the letter to the Malaysian High
Commission in Canberra last Friday.
On Wednesday, about 500 people protested
outside the Australian High Commission in
Kuala Lumpur against alleged interference by
the Australian MPs.
Leading the protest was Umno Youth chief
Khairy Jamaluddin, his deputy Datuk Razali
Ibrahim, Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club
deputy chairman Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin,
Perkasa president and Pasir Mas MP Datuk
Ibrahim Ali, Makkal Sakhthi's R. Thanenthiran
and MIC Youth chief T. Mohan.

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