Anwar arrested before deadlinePosted: July 16, 2008
Anwar started giving his statement to the police at about 2.50pm, said another of his lawyers R. Sivarasiah, also the Subang Jaya Member of Parliament (MP).
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang described the arrest as “highly provocative and shocking.”
Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusuf, who was there as Anwar’s lawyer, said bring the matter would be brought up in Parliament.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the city police headquarters here at 1.15pm Wednesday in a white Pajero after being arrested by the police.
He was earlier arrested in front of his house in Bukit Segambut.
His lawyer Sankara Nair said the police told Anwar that he was being arrested for investigations under Section 377C of the Penal Code for alleged “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.”
Asked if Anwar was handcuffed, Sankara said he was not.
The police had on Tuesday given Anwar a 2pm deadline to answer allegations of sodomy.
Full article from The StarOnline here.
According to the Malaysian Insider HERE:
Anwar was taken to the KL police headquarters under heavy police escort with as many as 15 vehicles in the convoy.
15 vehicles? Isn’t that a bit too much? Anwar is being charged for alleged “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, not murder. Why the 15 vehicles? It’s not like Anwar’s likely to sodomise anyone enroute to the police station if there was only one vehicle in the convoy.
15 vehicles is over the top, and total waste of fuel.
Another thing, why the arrest?
If the police had given Anwar a deadline of 2pm to report to the police station, why arrest him earlier than that?
If there’s one thing they shouldn’t do, it is to issue a deadline, and arrest someone before the deadline is over.
If they had planned to arrest him in the first place, then don’t issue a deadline for Anwar to follow.
Are the police acting on their own, or have they been ordered to arrest Anwar before the deadline?
(I have been told that the police can arrest Anwar at any time at their discretion, provided that they have a warrant of arrest. I assume they do. So they have in their hands the power to arrest Anwar as and when they see fit, irrelevant to whatever deadline was given prior to the arrest)
Either way, the police force are not getting any brownie points for going over the board in this case.
*Read also Eli Wong’s take HERE.