KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday acquitted Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah said that after going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain the integrity of the DNA samples was not compromised.
He said as such, the court was left only with Saiful's testimony, which was uncorroborated, and was reluctant to convict based entirely on this.
Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah - "After going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain that integrity of DNA samples was not compromised, and finds that it is not safe to rely on DNA evidence.
"As such, court is left only with Saiful's testimony. As this is a sexual crime, the court is reluctant to convict based entirely on Saiful's testimony, which is uncorroborated. The accused is thus acquitted and discharged."
tunku : the court could not be 100% certain on the dna samples but what about other evidences? its ok we hope saiful will file the case to the higher court. anyway today's verdict is confirmed that the court does not belongs to the ruling party.if it is belong to them then for sure anwar is behind bar right now.that shows how transparent the government is and how fair the court is. may be it is a good verdict for NOW as anwar's supporters won't have the chance to make street protest and create tense till the election. they can't accuse the government and the court now.