The biggest joke in Malaysia for quite some time has been the trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges. A 25 year old former aide of Anwar, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, has accused the 62-year-old leader of sodomising him in 2008.
No one in Singapore or Malaysia believed the charges as Anwar had been convicted on separate sex and corruption counts a decade ago (which no one believed in also), and the conviction had been later thrown out. In this latest case, Anwar had always claimed that the charges are trumped-up, the trial is politically motivated, and the prosecution was not impartial. He is widely believed.
And to prove once again what a joke this Malaysian trial is, the prosecution’s star witness, Saiful, is now rumored to be having an affair with a member of the prosecution team! Even more sensational is the fact that the rumors looks to be true! Days after the rumors first surfaced, a junior prosecutor was dropped from the case and when queried by the media, chief prosecutor Yusof Zainal Abiden refused to deny the involvement!
Now the judge in the case has adjourned the case pending a decision on whether to resume the trial. Pending a decision? A member of the prosecution has an affair with the star witness and there is a question on whether the case should go on?
Just when you thought the joke can’t get any funnier…