Thursday, October 6, 2011

Najib and Rosmah, "Catch us if you can"

As expected, Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor got off the hook in the Sodomy II trial against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. The Malaysian High Court set aside the subpoena filed by Anwar to make them take the witness stand.

According to Anwar and testimony from complainant Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the first couple had met with Saiful before he lodged the police report that led to the current trial. Legal experts have said that itself made them material witnesses.

But the trial judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah believed otherwise. He agreed with Najib and Rosmah in that they were not relevant. "Hence, I allow the applications and order the trial to continue," said Zabidin.

Anwar, who was in court, lambasted the ruling. He has accused both husband and wife of conspiring with Saiful to derail his political comeback.

"We have evidence to support that the duo was. Our position is that this was planned. Najib should come and deny it. The prosecution offered Najib and Rosmah as witnesses. If they are not relevant, why were they offered?" Anwar told reporters.

[Source: MC]

With that, it appears very much that the couple is taunting the public with the "So what, go ahead" dare. If Mahathir could turn up as a witness at the Lingam tape RCI hearing with his "I can't remember" lines, why not Najib? By not coming forward as a witness despite being subpoenaed, the perception now in the public's mind is that they have something to hide, and could be guilty of a crime. First, they refused to be interviewed as potential defence witnesses in August and now this. It surely does not augur well for a leader of a nation by not setting a good example to its rakyat. It looks as though both of them are daring the rakyat with, "Catch us if you can."

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