What Unspun wants to know, if the story from The Straits Times is true, is how does one qualify to do a sodomy check? What special skills and knowledge must a doctor have before he can be qualified to do a sodomy check? What rigorous training before someone becomes a specialist?
Does the doctor have to stare at arseholes for hours? At which case, would Parliamentary reporters in Malaysia qualify to become sodomy check specialist doctors?
Such probing questions need to be asked to get to the bottom of the issue. A deep anal-ysis is needed to find out What lies Beneath? Something smells rotten here and they are not Klingons. (Hmmm. Overdid the metaphor there, but I just couldn’t resist)
July 31, 2008
Doctor ‘not qualified’ to do sodomy check
He also didn’t conduct such an examination on Anwar’s accuser, says hospital
By Hazlin Hassan
IN KUALA LUMPUR – A DOCTOR who examined a young man accusing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy was not qualified to conduct such a check, a private hospital said yesterday.
The surprise revelation came on a day of drama as speculation spread that Datuk Seri Anwar would be arrested soon, with his accuser issuing a statement to say he had indeed been sexually assaulted.
Dozens of reporters and photographers rushed to Mr Anwar’s home in a Kuala Lumpur suburb early yesterday morning amid talk that he was being arrested. Many of them remained waiting outside the house late yesterday evening.
Mr Anwar appeared at an Islamic department late yesterday morning to give a statement about his case, which he had filed with an Islamic court.
His former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, had made a police report a month ago saying he had been sodomised by Mr Anwar. The 61-year-old politician said the claim was a lie aimed at killing his political career.
Mr Anwar on Tuesday showed the media a medical report from Hospital Pusrawi, which said a doctor there had examined Mr Saiful and found no evidence of sodomy.
But Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the government will not ask the police to drop their investigations into the sodomy case just because of the medical report.
He said the report was part of a whole chain of evidence which police were probing, The Star daily reported.
‘We have to let the police complete their investigations, submit their investigating papers to the prosecutor and let the prosecutor decide if there is a case,’ he said.
The government-backed Hospital Pusrawi called a rare news conference yesterday to say its doctor had not conducted a sodomy-related examination on Mr Saiful. It also said the doctor was not qualified to draw conclusions on such cases.
‘Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid did not carry out any examinations on the said patient in relation to sodomy,’ it said. But the hospital did not deny that the report was genuine.
It added that Dr Mohamed Osman, who has been on leave since last Friday, was a general practitioner at the hospital’s accident and emergency clinic and not a specialist. The hospital said the doctor had advised Mr Saiful to be further examined by a specialist in a government hospital.
Mr Saiful’s lawyer met the press separately yesterday, issuing a statement by the young man who has gone into hiding.
He said in the handwritten statement: ‘There is no reason for me to falsely accuse Anwar in this matter…I leave it to the police to conduct their investigations. I now await the results of the investigation to bring the individual involved to justice.’
Mr Anwar, asked by reporters if he was ready to be arrested and charged, said: ‘I don’t know what to expect. But there is no basis as to why the police would even consider charging me.’
The information chief of Mr Anwar’s party, Mr Tian Chua, brushed aside claims that the doctor had not performed any sodomy-related examination on Mr Saiful. ‘The report mentions ‘per rectal examination’. Why would it say that if there was no medical examination?’ he told The Straits Times.
Copies of the medical report that were leaked to popular websites showed the doctor’s notes as concluding: ‘P/R (Per rectal examination): No active bleeding, no ulcer or pus seen, no injury shown, no tear seen.’
Mr Anwar had argued that the Pusrawi report proved his innocence.
As for Mr Saiful, a relative told Bernama news agency the young man was confident the police would solve the case in the best possible way. ‘He is in good health but has lost some weight…But in this trying situation, he can still smile and think positively,’ said the relative, identified only as Mr Rahim.