Jul 20, 2008

CALL for SUSPENSION

Pic from Mob's Crib
CALL for SUSPENSION

The Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan should be suspended pending investigation from the Anti Corruption Agency and their involvement in the alleged fabrication of evidence in the1998 case.

The Prime Minister state that there will be no role for Musa and Gani in the sodomy investigation against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the investigating officers will not refer to them and does not see the reason why they should be suspended.

This is the Justice and legal system that is in question and it must be seen to be of the highest of integrity, independent and moral standards and there are no other alternative but the suspension of their duty. Justice must be seen to be fairly served beyond any suspicion of doubt. As long as Gani and Musa still heads the respective department the perception will not be of impartiality.

Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon of Gerakan has proposed that international experts be called in to assist in the investigation and said ““Independent and competent international experts would help clear any ambiguity once investigations are concluded.

“The world is scrutinizing the case and there is public perception that there is no impartiality,” he told reporters after chairing a central committee meeting at Menara PGRM here yesterday.

He said the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General should exclude themselves from being involved in the case so as to avoid a conflict of interest.

The only way for them to exclude themselves from this investigation is to go into suspension from their duties so that Justice can be seen to be fairly executed.

The active public participation of the Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid does not bode well on the impartially of the case and it is not his call for DNA samples to be taken and the Minister must refrain from making a further mockery of himself and the government.

The aggressive and high handed approached where it looks like they have send in a battalion of Special Forces just to haul Anwar to the police station before the appointed time for his appearance and where he was gratuitously detained and made to sleep on the cement floor for the night has invited public outcry and international criticism.

An article from the Wall Street Journal states that: It's not a stretch to imagine Mr. Anwar's DNA finding its way onto his clothes as "evidence," as that's the tactic the police used back in 1998. Mr. Anwar wryly noted at a press conference yesterday that while stripped, the police measured his "necessary parts." Again, that kind of detail would be helpful in a show trial.

Ten years ago then-Deputy Prime Minister Anwar was falsely convicted of sodomy and jailed for six years. His conviction was overturned by the high court in 2004. A conviction for abuse of power stood, and Mr. Anwar did not become eligible for political office again until April. Today, he heads the country's political opposition and is on a path to the premiership.

The same casts of characters from 1998 are in positions of influence today. The inspector general of police, Musa Hassan, was the lead investigating officer into Mr. Anwar's 1998 case, and Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail was the lead prosecutor. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak competed with Mr. Anwar for the leadership of the United Malays National Organization in the 1990s. Then, as now, Mr. Anwar's popularity is a threat to the deputy PM's political future. For WSJ full article HERE.
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