On Aug 8, High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had allowed two applications by Anwar to interview 15 witnesses including the Prime Minister and his wife regarding the sodomy trial faced by Anwar. - Bernama, 12/8/2011, Najib And Rosmah Present In Court Regarding Anwar's Sodomy Trial
He said Najib and Rosmah said the same words as soon as they entered the room, which were: "I did not wish to be interviewed and I do not want to be a defence witness."- Bernama, 12/8/2011, Najib And Rosmah Present In Court Regarding Anwar's Sodomy Trial
"I did not wish to be interviewed ... I did not wish to be a defence witness." Those were the words Najib told the defence team.- theSundaily, 12/8/2011, Anwar sodomy trial: Najib, wife decline to be interviewed (Update)
Premier Najib Abdul Razak and his wife told lawyers representing the opposition leader and also defendant Anwar Ibrahim that they do not want to be defence witnesses.
This was revealed by lead counsel Karpal Singh and also by Sankara Nair.
Karpal and Sankara, along with senior lawyer Param Cumaraswamy and Ram Karpal, were in the same room when the witnesses were brought in, one by one.
Karpal said when the defence team arrived at the court complex, Najib and Rosmah were already there.
“Najib came in first and when we asked, he said, 'I do not wish to be a defence witness. I do not want to be interviewed',” said Karpal.
Then it was Rosmah's turn and she made the same statement, and this was followed by former Malacca police chief Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof.
All three (Najib, Rosmah and Rodwan) were in the room and they did not come with their lawyers.
Najib and Rosmah arrived about 2.55pm and left at 3.28pm.
Their aides stood outside while they attended the brief interview.
Karpal said they were caught by surprise as there had been no indication that Najib and Rosmah would turn up today.
“Normally, they would give us advance notice,” the senior lawyer said.
Karpal described Rosmah as very tense when asked questions and at at one point, she said, “Do not bully me, Mr Karpal.”
Karpal said he does not know why Najib and Rosmah are frightened to come to court, in describing their refusal to answer questions.
Anwar: Meeting was cordial
Anwar said his meeting with Najib and Rosmah went on in a cordial manner.
For Anwar, he said he felt normal and Karpal was extremely polite.
“I can assure you Karpal is extremely polite,” said Anwar smilingly.
“However, I am disappointed that they (Najib and Rosmah) do not want to say much."This comes after they had said a lot in the public and to the media, but when asked by they do not want to cooperate,” said the Permatang Pauh MP.
Anwar said naturally, he was disappointed.
Asked whether he was surprised to see the premier and Rosmah, Anwar said they will come at some time.
Today three other witnesses were interviewed, and they were Desa Damansara condo owner Hasanuddin Abdul Hamid and his wife Noor Sham Abd Hamid, and Hasanuddin's sister, identified as Mashitah.
Six more witnesses including Musa to be interviewed
Karpal said there will be six other witnesses to be interviewed and they include former IGP Musa Hassan.
“The others are the two former Indonesian maids who worked with Hasanuddin and lesser-known witness.”
Karpal said he expects the trial may not go on until the defence finishes interviewing the witnesses.
“We will ask for a postponement on Monday as we have yet to finish interviewing the witnesses.
“The trial just cannot go on until we finish this process,” he said.
Asked whether a decision will be made to call Najib and Rosmah to the stand, Karpal said a decision will be made after the interview process.
Meanwhile, addressing reporters after the BN supreme council meeting, Najib said he had met with Anwar's lawyers out of respect for the courts.
“A decision has been made by the judge and regardless of position, I am still a citizen and I respect the judge's decision.
“I had attended the meeting and stated my stand on the matter... I know my rights and I have stated this to Anwar's lawyers,” he said.- -Malaysiakini, 12/8/2011, PM and wife: We don't wish to be your witnesses
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, were present at the Jalan Duta Court Complex Friday with regard to the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Najib and Rosmah arrived at 2.55pm to meet with Anwar's defence team headed by Karpal Singh.
They arrived 15 minutes earlier than Anwar's defence team.
The Prime Minister and his wife had met with Anwar's defence team separately for five minutes at the meeting room, Seventh Floor of the complex.
Najib and his wife left the complex at 3.28pm.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council meeting here, Najib said his presence at the Court Complex was to respect the decision made by the judge.
On Aug 8, High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had allowed two applications by Anwar to interview 15 witnesses including the Prime Minister and his wife regarding the sodomy trial faced by Anwar.
Meanwhile, Karpal Singh said Najib and Rosmah declined to be interviewed for Anwar's ongoing sodomy trial and both of them also did not want to be defence witnesses in the case.
Najib said he respected the decision made by the High Court Judge and "as a Malaysian citizen, I must respect the decision made by the judge, regardless of (my) position."
The Prime Minister said that was why he was present at the court and had stated his stand.
However, he declined to state what he had informed Anwar's defence team because he had "presented the matter according to my rights."
"I know my rights and I had conveyed them to the lawyer representing Anwar, and Anwar was also present there," he told reporters when asked about his presence at the Jalan Duta Court Complex.
Meanwhile, Karpal Singh said Najib and Rosmah had arrived at the meeting room before the defence team and the team met them separately, with Najib entering the room first and Rosmah later.
He said Najib and Rosmah said the same words as soon as they entered the room, which were: "I did not wish to be interviewed and I do not want to be a defence witness."
He also said that both of them were not accompanied by their lawyers.
Asked whether the defence wanted to call Najib, Rosmah and the other witnesses offered by the prosecution team, Karpal Singh said he had yet decide on the matter.
Karpal Singh said another witness, ex-Melaka police chief Datuk Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof, who turned up in court this afternoon, also declined to be interviewed and to be Anwar's defence witness.
As for now, the defence team had interviewed 15 witnesses including the owner of the condominium where the alleged incident occurred, Hasanuddin Abd Hamid, and his wife.
Karpal Singh said the defence had yet to interview six others, including former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
"Therefore, we cannot proceed with the trial, as agreed, before we complete interviewing all the witnesses prior to the trial," he said.
On Monday, High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah granted Anwar's application to interview witnesses offered by the prosecution, including Najib, Rosmah and Musa.
At the close of its case, the prosecution offered 71 witnesses, including Najib and Rosmah. The defence chose to interview only 25.
The court has set Aug 15 to 26 for the defence case. The court had initially set Aug 8 to 26, with Anwar scheduled as the first witness to take the stand.
On May 16, Justice Mohamad Zabidin ordered Anwar to enter his defence after ruling that the latter's former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the complainant in the case, was a truthful and credible witness.
Anwar, 63, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court on Aug 7, 2008, to committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature at the Desa Damansara Condominium in Bukit Damansara between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26 of the same year.
-- BERNAMA- Bernama, 12/8/2011, Najib And Rosmah Present In Court Regarding Anwar's Sodomy Trial