Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The High Court here was today told of the roles played
by some of the personalities whose names were mentioned in the retraction
letters written to clear Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of allegations of sexual
Branch director Mohamed Said Awang said the retraction letters of Azizan
Abu Bakar and Ummi Hafilda Ali contained the names of personalities such
as Dr Ristina Majid, Mohamed Taib Salamon, B.K.Tan, Datuk Aziz Shamsuddin
and Norzila Jalil.
He said that in
Azizan's letter, it was stated that Dr Ristina played a role in this case
as Ummi Hafilda and Azizan, Anwar's former driver, were arrested in her
house, while Mohamed Taib was the alleged Special Branch impersonator.
"I'm sure about
Mohamed Taib but I don't know about Tan. He was supposed to follow Mohamed
Taib," Mohamed Said said under cross-examination by Gurbachan Singh, one
of Anwar's nine counsel.
Today is the sixth
day of the trial of Anwar charged with four counts of corrupt practice
by using his position to interfere in police investigations into allegations
of sexual misconduct against him.
Mohamed Said confirmed
that Mohamed Taib was a former Special Branch officer who was dismissed
from the force before August last year.
Asked whether Azizan's
admission in the letter was of his own free will, he said: "Yes, I agree
but it was after our turning over operation."
The letter also
mentioned Aziz, whom Mohamed Said said he knew only as one of the prime
letter mentioned Norzila Jalil, the second wife of Domestic Trade and Consumer
Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Megat Junid Megat Ayob, as "her good friend"
and to whom she passed the letter containing the allegations against Anwar
and who subsequently passed it to her husband, who in turn gave it to Tun
This is the role of the personalities as stated in the letter?
Mohamed Said: Yes
Did the Special Branch conduct an investigation on the roles of these personalities,
especially that of Megat Junid and Tun Daim?
Mohamed Said: We
have the intelligence on this.
Mohamed Said said
they also knew of the role played by Dr Ristina in arranging the meeting
between Mohamed Taib and Tan with Aziz.
To another question
on whether Azizan's letter contained a sentence which confirmed that the
writer's motive was to "frame up" or "fix up" Anwar, he said: "Yes, there
is a sentence to that effect."-- BERNAMA