KUALA LUMPUR – December 14, 2017: Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a sodomy victim of jailed opposition politician Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has expressed regret over a call by former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for Anwar to be released from prison.
“I urge Tun Mahathir to respect the court’s decision. As the former prime minister, Tun Mahathir should know better. I am the real victim of Anwar Ibrahim’s criminal act,” wrote Saiful in a Facebook post.”
He also lamented on how easy one can forgo principles and the meaning of justice simply for the sake of political expediency.
“In October 2014, Tun Mahathir had expressed his sympathy towards me as a victim when I visited him at his Yayasan Perdana office with my wife and newborn son.
“Power and ambitions have truly blinded him (Mahathir) to the facts of the criminal case. It’s true that in politics, there’s no permanent friends or enemies, just interest.
“And that interest, unfortunately serving for the worse, trumping justice, truth, over power,” wrote Saiful.
Anwar is serving a five-year jail term for sodomising Saiful in 2008 and is due for release in June next year.
In 1998, Mahathir as prime minister sacked his deputy Anwar for immoral conduct.
Anwar was put on trial for corruption and sodomy and convicted of both before having the sodomy verdict overturned in 2004.
Saiful’s facebook post, regrets Mahathir’s support for Anwar’s release