KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has appointed foreign DNA and forensic experts for the defence team to debunk the prosecution's claim of DNA analysis in his sodomy trial.
His lawyer Sankara Nair said the PKR leader had engaged the services of DNA expert Dr Brian Leslie McDonald from Sydney, Australia, and two forensic experts Prof Dr C. Damodaran from Chennai, India and Associate Professor David Lawrence Noel Wells from Melbourne, Australia.
In a statement e-mailed to the media Wednesday, Nair said he would be bringing the experts to the Kuala Lumpur High Court at 9am, Thursday.
On Thursday, High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah is scheduled to deliver his decision on Anwar's application for the judge to recuse himself from hearing the case.
Last week, Anwar applied to recuse Justice Mohamad Zabidin on the grounds that his two rulings concerning news reports of the case had raised an element of bias.
Anwar, 63, claimed trial to sodomising his former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 25, in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.
Attached together in the statement were their curriculum vitae.
Dr McDonald, who has a PhD in Pathology from the University of Western Australia, has performed and reported over 5,000 paternity tests for family law cases.
Dr McDonald, who is director of both DNA Consults and Molecular Genetics for the Sonic Clinical Institute, has authored or co-authored 79 scientific papers, chapters in books and conference proceedings.
Dr Damodaran, who has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Madras, has 28 years' experience in forensics and teaching and 36 years' in analytical biochemistry/biochemical toxicology forensic generics and biotechnology.
He was also the founder of India's DNA Fingerprinting Initiative as well as its first paternity testing centre. He had been involved in 96 research based publications in leading journals and received the Home Minister award for outstanding contribution to forensic science in 1995.
Dr Wells, who is division head (clinical foreign medicine) of the Victoria Institute of Forensic Medicine, received the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 1992.
tunku : why don't he take tony blair's wife to be one of the lawyer, maybe they are not his type.if al gore, for sure he will take.this man is getting the best team to fight his case and yet so afraid of the court proceeding.he just want to avoid this case.why? only a guilty man does that.i am questioning the credibility of the said foreign forensic experts as they are paid by anwar, for sure to them the priority will be to safeguard their client's interest.