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Fwd: AI statement 8/8/00
By web aNtu
9/8/2000 3:18 am Wed
A Nobel Peace Laureate who is also a leader of a nation recently
made this remark: "The Anwar Case ceased to be a legal case a
long time ago!"
In the beginning, there were indeed some who maintained some
confidence in the Malaysian court system. They thought there was
still a chance that this court would exonerate me. But they have
seen how the trial was conducted, and they have concluded that
this case has nothing to do with the crime. There has been no
criminal trial in this court, only political persecution.
I agree that no one is above the law. But that principle is not
applied to Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir. Instead the court acquiesced to
his insolence. I have steadfastly maintained that I am the victim of
political conspiracy, through a web of intrigue, orchestrated by the
maestro Dr. Mahathir. Despite strenuous appeals, my counsels
were prevented from questioning this principal witness.
The pronouncement of your judgement today was a mere formality,
according to preordained script of the conspirators. It is
inconceivable that anyone can be found guilty with such clear
incontrovertible evidence of fabrication. There is absolutely no
cogent evidence that I have committed the offence. Azizan
accused that retracted in 1997, made a statutory Declaration
denying the allegations in 1998, than under oath in court in 1998,
1999, accused again then denied that he was ever s###mised,
then amended not after May, yet again soon after September 1992.
He lied in the Shariah Court of committing khalwat offence and later
admitted both of khalwat and adultery and was convicted
subsequently. And this court ruled that this is a credible and
Our challenge to have him examined by doctors was conveniently
ignored. The dates January to March 1993 was on the suggestion
of the police officer. Our alibi on the said premise at Tivoli Villa and
my movements were never challenged by the prosecution. It?s a
conviction based on conjectures and imagination.
I never dreaded this judgement. It has legal basis. It is unjust,
disgraceful and revolting. It does not disgrace me; it disgraces you,
the judiciary and this nation of ours.
I reiterate my innocence with a clear conscience. I will fight even
from behind iron bars and prison walls. Truth and justice cannot but
prevail. Let the plotters plot all they want, for God is still the best of
Dr. Mahathir could have used the draconian Internal Security Act
(ISA) to imprison me for as long as he wanted, without destroying
the judiciary and without sullying the Attorney General?s chambers.
But he is a coward who would not take responsibility for his own
evil. So he uses the courts, and with the same stroke, he completes
the destruction of the judiciary.
Nonetheless, the proceedings during the trial reveal the deplorable
methods used by the police, the absurdities of our adversarial
system of justice malicious prosecution and corruption involving the
ruling clique. Dr. Mahathir?s lust for power is insatiable. He will lie
and force others to lie to save himself. He has lied in the face of the
testimony of the former Anti Corruption Agency Director-General,
Dato Shafie Yahaya. Not only did he lie by denying that he
ordered the investigation stopped, he went further by instructing a
deputy minister to tell Parliament that the investigation was never
closed. He had lied about my being a#saulted as self-inflicted. He
had lied that the cost of his Putrajaya Palace was only 17 million
Ringgit. He lied that his children did not benefit from the government
despite billions of Ringgit worth of contracts, privatisation, shares
allocation and bailout.
His other colleagues would naturally echo. Chief Justice Tun
Eusoff Chin lied to the public when he said he did not take a
holiday with lawyer V. K. Lingam in New Zealand. Instead of
investigating the alleged improprieties, Dr. Mahathir has extended
his service beyond his retirement date "to see that everything is in
During my 17 years of government service, I was loyal to the
government and the Prime Minister. But mine was a loyalty based
on principles. If justice, the law or public interest were threatened, I
would defy Dr. Mahathir. I objected to the use of ma#sive public
funds to rescue the failed businesses of his children and cronies.
Here was where respect of justice and public interest overcame
loyalty to the Prime Minister. And it was precisely because I defied
him and sided with public interest that I was dismissed and
This is a small sacrifice to pay in the cause of democracy and
justice. But I worry for the nation. Corruption is endemic. The pillars
of democracy civil society and the rule of lay are shattered.
This nation needs reform and renewal. To Dr. Mahathir and his
greedy family and cronies, I say beware the wrath of the people,
for the people are rising to reclaim justice, they are rising against
graft and abuse of power. And, to the champions of Reformasi, I
salute you for your courage and urge that you keep your fighting
High Court, Kuala Lumpur
(in lien of mitigation)
August 8, 2000
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