I’m sure by now, Malaysians are already aware of the revelation of the things that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of the defence team in Anwar’s sodomy trial II, by a person named Yuktes Vijay. Yuktes Vijay claimed to have worked for one of Anwar’s lawyers, which he refused to be named, for a long time and was involved in the Sodomy II case from the very beginning till the end.
In an email, which is now all over the net, Yuktes expressed his anger and frustration after years of suppressing his doubts and unsettling minds over the case. As the mail read, it was Saiful’s father’s move to join PKR that triggered his sense and decided to pour it all out to the public as he couldnt’ take it anymore of PKR’s zero-integrity.
Of course, we can hear the Pakatan’s yelling and shouting, “slander!” at Yuktes’s face. The echo afterwards would be, “he has been paid by UMNO!”
But, never mind them, as that is the only song that they are able to sing, besides “You Ulang I saman.”
Yuktes has obviously been asking the same question as many of us have, that is “Why Anwar Never Took The Stand?” We can feel this young lawyer’s frustration when the client is so critically unconvincing. Psychologically, ‘taking the stand’ is taken as a statement of bravery for telling the truth of innocence, almost like challenging the prosecutor to prove otherwise.
But Anwar never did take the stand and as Yuktes put it, for reason of fear that he would not be able to withstand the onslaught by Datuk Yusof, the Prosecutor.
So, there was no defence strategy – none at all that eventually, the defence team had to refute by attacking, instead. They attacked the government, the judge, the prosecutors, the whole system and mother earth for not giving Anwar a fair-trial!
This is what makes Yuktes stir, as he, himself, has a list of questions to ask Anwar should Anwar take the stand:
· Why did Anwar personally and specifically request his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Yaakob to send Saiful to the apartment carrying documents when there were other staff there;
· How come Saiful was aware of the code to enter the apartment which was ‘Mokhtar’, the name of Anwar’s security chief and brother-in-law? ;
· Video evidence that was sent to Gandhi Labs in New Delhi confirmed the presence of Saiful in the apartment, so how can Saiful’s presence in the apartment be refuted;
· Why was Saiful afforded special treatment i.e. he was given his own room, privilege of following Anwar for overseas trips though he was a new staff;
· Anwar’s current aide, Najwan Halimi had previously e-mailed Anwar and told him about Saiful’s apparent afflictions to BN. Why was the call not heeded by Anwar?
These are the questions that Anwar would never be able to answer, and that was why he couldn’t take the stand.
The ‘guilty-as-charged’ persona of the client is not the only thing that bothers Yuktes about the case. He knows for a fact that the ‘imported’ defence witnesses, Dr. Brian Mc D and Dr. David Wells, the so-called forensic experts, were paid hefty sums which include five-star hotel stay and travelling expenses. Plus everything else during their stay, which is number of days, was also paid for. Yuktes revealed that Anwar didn’t have to pay a cent from his own pocket but he has this multi-filthy-rich Datuk to fund for everything, including his lawyers’ fee. Again, Yuktes refuse to name the Datuk.
An interesting question from Yuktes is that, why PKR must make a fuss about some rich tycoon funding the PM’s daughter’s wedding or anything at all when the party’s leader himself being funded by one too? And PM is the head of the country and deserves what he deserves but Anwar is just an ex-convict, an ex-DPM and a suspect in a trial. Well, Yuktes has a very good point there.
Yuktes’s email concluded that Saiful is being denied justice because the Investigating Officer wasn’t careful enough. Or else, there wouldn’t be any loops or holes for Anwar to escape conviction. The DNA found in Saiful’s rectum was confirmed as Anwar’s but due to a slight break in the chain of evidence, thanks to the Investigating Officer, had regretfully forced the judge to renounce it. Yuktes promise of elaborating on this later.
If this were a chess game, the only move left would be for Anwar to sue Yuktes and Yuktes is actually pleading for Anwar to do so.
However, we are sure that Yuktes would be disappointed again because Anwar doesn’t sue the source, he only sues the ‘messenger’. Anwar didn’t sue BBC, but Utusan Malaysia for quoting from BBC. Anwar didn’t sue Reuters but Utusan Malaysia, for quoting from Reuters. Anwar didn’t sue Ezam, Zulkifli Nordin his former lawyer or Ummi Hafilda, the people who have been tirelessly exposing every dirty little secret of him, even though they beg him to do so, but he went and sued the former Prime Minister instead.
So, Yuktes will only be frustrated again.
And Yuktes was wrong that nobody ever brought up about the cost incurred for bringing in foreign ‘experts’ as defence witness or the overall fee for Anwar’s numbers of lawyers. Actually, many of us writers and bloggers and ordinary people on the streets did. Only Yuktes must have overlooked, because he was surrounded by the people from one-side of the fence only.
For Yuktes’s information, Anwar has been check-ed mate many times before, only he refused to admit defeat. And so he shows tantrums like little kids by taking his followers to the streets for violent demonstrations, and by personally ‘inviting’ terrorists to invade Sabah.
Yuktes must be a bright lawyer for he could see the truth even without looking over the fence. What can we say, but welcome to the real world, Yuktes!