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November 09 , 1998 19:31PM 
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The High Court here was told today that a letter sent to the prime minister by a woman gave details of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's alleged sexual misconduct including homosexual acts.  

The prosecution's second witness, DSP Abdul Aziz Hussin, 42, of the Bukit Aman Special Branch police headquarters, said he was informed of the letter by another police officer.  

He said ACP Mazlan Mohamed Din gave him a copy of the letter entitled "Perihal Salah Laku Timbalan Perdana Menteri" (About the Deputy Prime Minister's Misconduct) at midnight on Aug 17 last year.  

"The contents, among other things, related the sexual and homosexual misconduct of the deputy prime minister who was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim," he said, identifying Anwar in the dock.  

He was testifying at the trial of Anwar charged with four counts of committing corrupt practice by using his position to interfere in police investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.  

Earlier, senior deputy public prosecutor Azahar Mohamed told the court that the prosecution would take three hours for Abdul Aziz's examination-in-chief.  
Abdul Aziz, who testified in Bahasa Malaysia took the stand at 3.25pm and the court adjourned for the day 25 minutes later.  

He said Mazlan gave him the copy of the letter after he and an interrogation team which was placed on active standby brought Ummi Hafilda Ali and Azizan Abu Bakar to the Bukit Aman police headquarters.  

Azahar then showed the letter, which had been marked as an exhibit, to Abdul Aziz and asked him to read out the allegations it contained.  

Christopher Fernando, one of Anwar's nine counsel, objected but Azahar told the court that this was necessary as the officer's subsequent actions were based on the contents of the letter.  

Abdul Aziz then read out the first page of the letter which, among other things, says:  

+is a homosexual through his sex acts and one of the victims brave enough to come forward is his former driver, Azizan Abu Bakar, who is now Mohamed Azmin Ali's driver.  

+had sexual relations with Puan Shamsidar Taharin, wife of his former private secretary, Mohamed Azmin Ali".  

Earlier, Abdul Aziz, whose duty is to interrogate, said Mazlan directed him over the phone on Aug 15 last year to set up a team to interrogate a woman whom he was investigating.  

He set up the team comprising himself, ASP Musa Jaafar, Chief Insp Azman Abdul Razak and woman constable Noraini Abdullah.  

Abdul Aziz said two days later, at about 5.20pm, he, the other team members and Mazlan went to a house in Jalan Medang Tanduk, Bangsar.  

On arrival at the house Mazlan told them that the house belonged to Dr Ristina Majid and that two people had sought refuge there.  

He said he was instructed to stand by and a couple was handed over to him in the house compound at 11pm.  

He checked their identify cards and verified that they were Ummi Hafilda and Azizan before taking them to the Bukit Aman police headquarters.  

He said Ummi Hafilda and Azizan were placed in separate rooms and he instructed his officers to guard them before he called C/Insp Arif Ariffin and C/Insp Zamri Hashim as reinforcements because at the preliminary stage he was only required to interrogate.  

He said Mazlan arrived at midnight and that was when he was informed of the letter and given a copy.  

Abdul Aziz will continue with his testimony when the court sits at 9am tomorrow.  

Anwar, who appeared cheerful, spoke to his family members before being taken to the lock-up after the court adjourned.  

Several foreign journalists looked uneasy when Abdul Aziz chose to testify in Bahasa Malaysia because the first witness, outgoing Special Branch director Datuk Mohamed Said Awang, had testified in English, which made their job easier.-- BERNAMA  


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