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Many are surprised that the Najib administration has opted for acquittal indeed of a conviction. They are wondering whether the Najib administration has chickened out from making a martyr of Anwar that a conviction would surely occasion or whether the Najib administration thought that an acquittal would give the latter the bragging rights to claim that the Malaysian judiciary and judges are independent and that the government really cannot influence court decisions.
And indeed, the government were quick to claim that Anwar's acquittal shows that Malaysian judges and the Malaysian judiciary are independent and cannot be influenced in their decisions.
Of course, all this is supposing that the Malaysian judiciary and judges can be easily influenced or bought. Yours truly is not saying anything except that since the emasculation of the Malaysian judiciary with the infamous sacking of Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas and several senior judges in 1988, public confidence in the integrity of the Malaysian judiciary and judges has plummeted and does not seem to have recovered.
In fact, many Malaysians feel that the sodomy charge should not have been brought against Anwar in the first place as being clearly unsustainable and looking very much like a frame-up.
There were many factors that did not tie up with the claim of sodomy. In the first place, the doctor that the alleged victim went to see first, a doctor from Pusrawi Hospital, had noted that examination did not show penetration nor any sign like a tear, pus, blood or even bruises.
Although the victim was a nobody, so to speak, he had managed to meet with the then deputy PM, now PM Najib himself, before the former lodged a police report. Najib himself at first denied that he had met with the alleged victim but subsequently owned up to it when pictures showing the alleged victim with Najib's aide surfaced, although Najib said the meeting had nothing to do the sodomy claim.
All this sounded very suspicious. Why did Najib have to deny meeting Saiful in the first place?
Further it seemed that Saiful himself had also met with a senior police officer before finally lodging a police report 4 days after the alleged sodomy!
This all seemed highly irregular. Nobody goes to see a senior police officer or meets the PM himself before lodging a police report on sodomy. At least none that Malaysians can remember.
So, now that Anwar has been acquitted, does it mean the end of the matter? I am not too optimistic about it. The prosecution has 14 days to appeal the decision and I do anticipate that they will.
Anwar might yet be convicted on appeal. Who knows? I just hope not.