Source : Malaysiakini
Questioning the timing of the swearing on the Quran by his accuser - on the eve of nomination day for the Permatang Pauh by-election - candidate Anwar Ibrahim was hardly amused.
When told Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had swore on the Quran in the Federal Territory Mosque that he was sodomised by the opposition leader, Anwar replied: "This is just a political gimmick."
"One day after the Election Commission announced the date for the Permatang Pauh by-election they charged me.
"Now, on the eve of nominations, this guy is swearing on the Quran. What is the motive for all this?" exclaimed the politician, who will be contesting in the polls.
According to Anwar, this is nothing more than a "dirty trick" by Umno and goes to show that they are desperate.
He said if Saiful wants to adopt the Islamic method then he should follow the syariah way and make his complain there instead of going to the police.
"I too have already referred this case to the Syariah Court and the officers there want to take his statement but the police have stopped them.
"Saiful is under police protection and they have a hold on him and they decide what he should or should not do," said the former deputy prime minister.