Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lessons not learnt

JULY 16 - Arresting him was the easy part. And yet the police fumbled, reaching for the sledgehammer approach and bringing back memories of 1998 when balaclava-clad police personnel stormed into Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's home and arrested him.
Ten years ago, the police justified the hardball approach, saying that the former deputy prime minister was a threat to national security, having just led a massive demonstration in the heart of the city.
What's the excuse for stopping him at a junction near his home in Segambut, bundling him into an unmarked vehicle by balaclava-clad men and then speeding off to the KL police headquarters. The Opposition leader was on the way home from a session with the Anti-Corruption Agency when he was picked up.
The arrest came an hour before Anwar was scheduled to show up at the police station to be interviewed by officers investigating a sodomy allegation against him. On June 28, his former aide, Saiful Bukhary Azlan, alleged that Anwar sodomised him in an apartment in Damansara.
Anwar is likely to be charged with going against the order of nature today or tomorrow. He will be out on bail after that and will attempt to punch holes in the prosecution's case even before it reaches the court. MORE

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