Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Anwar taken to hospital for DNA tests - NST

KUALA LUMPUR, Wed: Jul 16, 2008

ANWAR'S wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail and daughter arriving at the City Police HQ this afternoon.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been taken to hospital after his arrest on sodomy allegations, and is believed to be undergoing a medical examination. “We think that he’s being taken for a medical examination but we’re not sure,” said Tian Chua, PKR’s information chief, told reporters tonight.

Anwar in a police car (source: Malaysiakini)

“I don’t think this is necessary. If you need a DNA swab you can do it up there (in police headquarters), you don’t need to take a man to hospital for a DNA swab. This is a big game being played out.”

Tian Chua said Anwar was in good spirits despite having spent the afternoon in policy custody where he gave a statement over sexual assault allegations levelled by Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old former male aide.

“He’s quite cheerful. He’s fresh, relaxed and hoping this will be over soon,” he said. “We hope he’ll be released tonight but we don’t have any indication he will be released tonight.”

Saiful Izham Ramli, a member of Anwar’s legal team, also said he was unsure where Anwar would be taken after the hospital visit. “We are not sure if they will release him tonight or hold him for further questioning,” he said.
Police can detain Anwar for 24 hours, after which they must apply for a court order that would allow them to keep him for up to 14 days without charge.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Anwar is likely to be released on bail tonight, the wire service quoted a police source as saying.

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