Anwar's conditions for DNA testing
Sat, Jul 19, 2008
The Star

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not agree to the DNA process "until we are absolutely certain that whatever samples taken from him and whatever tests, are conducted independently, professionally and without interference by the police," his lawyer R. Sivarasa said.

However, at a later function in Malacca, Anwar said he was unafraid and willing to provide DNA samples but was concerned over tampering of evidence that he claimed had befallen him 10 years ago on a similar charge.

"They asked me what I was afraid of ... I'm not afraid to give my blood ... but I know they fabricate and that is my problem," he told supporters who had gathered to hear him speak in Jalan Cheng-Tanjung Minyak.

Meanwhile, Sivarasa said the offer to allow Anwar to pick his own doctors to conduct the DNA test would not solve the problem, as there was the fear that the final report of the test and samples would be tampered with.

He said statements by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar were tantamount to interfering in ongoing investigations.

Syed Hamid had suggested that Anwar pick his own doctors to examine his DNA sample and that he had nothing to fear.

Sivarasa told a press conference at Anwar's home in Segambut yesterday that a court order to force the PKR adviser to give his DNA sample was not permissible under Malaysian law.

He also reminded the authorities that police still had Anwar's DNA from the earlier case.

Sivarasa said the police bail for Anwar's release was RM10,000 and not RM150,000 as reported.


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