Anwar Ibrahim’s Trials (2)
Last month, the defence raised further doubts about the sodomy charges during its cross-examination of former Hospital Kuala Lumpur surgeon and the prosecution’s second witness Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim (below).
This follows Dr Razali’s testimony that star witness Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan rectum was empty, despite Saiful having testified in court that he had not defecated for two days after the alleged assault by Anwar.
Besides Dr Razali, the other two doctors who examined Saiful for three hours on the night of June 28, 2008 – two days after the alleged sodomy incident – were Dr Siew Sheue Feng and Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan. Both have yet to testify.
Several other irregularities have been raised, such as Razali’s testimony that he had not carried out a physical examination on Saiful.
Also pointed out minor flaws in the final medical report, and the fact that toxicology tests done on Saiful were not submitted to the court.
Decision on clinical notes tomorrow
At the start of tomorrow’s proceedings, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah will deliver his decision on whether to grant access to the clinical notes written by the three doctors who had examed Saiful.
This vital piece of information may shed some light as to what actually took place during Saiful’s three-hour medical examination.
So far, Dr Razali has refused to even refer to the medical notes – that he and the three doctors had written during the examination – when he was question on the stand.
It is normal for witnesses, in particular doctors, pathologists, chemists and forensic experts, to refer to their notes when testifying during trial to refresh their memory on certain important details.
Dr Razali has however noticeably refused to refer to the notes, despite Karpals several attempts to provoke him into doing so.
Instead, the doctor had chosen to refer only to the final medical report dated July 13, 2008, ignoring the presence of a preliminary examination report and medical notes.
So far, the defence’s attempts to access the medical notes have been rebuffed by Razali.
Malaysiakini will again cover the Anwar trial LIVE beginning about 9am tomorrow.