Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Anwar Given Until 2pm Tomorrow To Present Himself At KL Police HQ - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been given until 2pm tomorrow to present himself at city police's headquarters to give a statement in connection with an alleged sodomy complaint filed against him by his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Federal Police CID director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said should Anwar not heed the warning, the former deputy prime minister faced possible arrest.

"Police will take action under the law if he does not show up. Action will also be taken under the Penal Code against anyone who tries to prevent police if it becomes necessary to arrest Anwar," he told a press conference here Tuesday.

Anwar did not turn up at city police headquarters yesterday to give a statement on the case although it was said he had agreed to do so.

Commenting on reported remarks by Anwar's lawyer, S.N. Nair that his client was awaiting notification under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to present himself for questioning, Mohd Bakri said:"Anwar should have come yesterday as he had agreed he would. This is his case. He should be the one coming to see the police and not the other way round."

Asked if the police were practising double standards where Anwar was concerned because they did not arrest him after the report was made by the 23-year-old Saiful, Mohd Bakri said it depended on investigations and that police could not act hastily.

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Anwar fails to show up - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed to turn up for an appointment with the police yesterday despite agreeing earlier to allow his statement to be taken at the city police headquarters.

Following the no-show, police said they were considering several options to get the PKR de facto leader to give his statement.

CID director Commissioner Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said police wanted to record Anwar’s statement under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

“He had verbally agreed through his lawyer to come and give us his statement to assist us in our investigations following a report lodged by his former aide who alleged that he had been sodomised by Anwar,” he said at a press conference at the city police headquarters in Jalan Hang Tuah here.

Comm Bakri said police issued Anwar with a notice under Section 111 of the CPC to come forward and to give his statement.

Section 111 of the CPC empowers police officers to require the attendance of witnesses.

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