Friday, August 15, 2008

The Sodomy Gambit

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan made good his promise to swear on the Quran that he was sodomised by Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim.

I would not venture (yet) on the truthfulness of the sodomy allegation.

But by Saiful admitting that the alleged incident was not consensual, the charge against Anwar under s377B of the Penal Code seemed defective. Anwar may end up winning the case based on technicality alone and can then twist and declare (especially) to the international media that the sodomy allegation was in fact a trump up charge.

Anwar will surely use Saiful’s press interview to his advantage. The timing of the swearing and the press conference will be politicised. The inconsistency between his charge sheet and Saiful’s admission of non-consensual sex will be played up. Anwar’s sympathisers in the alternative media will surely downplay Saiful’s swearing but emphasise on the inconsistency.

On the other hand, we would also expect the mainstream media to highlight the swearing, and pressure Anwar to follow suit.

I am sure Anwar will not swear on the Quran on such matter. He will leave it to the masses to judge him. He will continue to use his media savviness to push his message through. He will be more willing to go through the court process on the sodomy allegation, now that he is seeing a gaping hole in the prosecution’s charge sheet.

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