Updated to include dates of Anwar taking refuge in the Turkish embassy, his arrest and forced medical checks in Hospital KL and the Permatang Pauh by-election. All very fascinating.
I was getting a bit confused and mixed up with all the dates and times and the sequence of events in the Anwar trial.
So I thought it would be best to come up with a chronology of events gleaned from publicly available information especially news reports of the witness testimony at the trial, Saiful’s blog, etc.
Dec 2007/Jan 2008
Saiful, a former student leader at Uniten, meets Najib’s special officer at Najib’s office to get a letter of support for training as a pilot.
But Utusan on 1 July 2008 quotes Najib as saying on 30 June that the meeting took place three months earlier (i.e. March/April 2008?)
Before 8 March 2008 – Rahimi introduces Saiful to Anwar. Saiful becomes a PKR volunteer: he’s a BN supporter but campaigns for PKR’s Sivarasa and Elizabeth Wong and votes for PKR candidates.
After March 2008 – Saiful becomes an aide to Anwar
Early May – Hongkong trip (per Saiful’s blog)
End May – Bangkok trip (per Saiful’s blog)
16-18 – Singapore trip (per Saiful’s blog)
Saiful says he was sodomised during these trips.
8.00pm: After Maghrib prayers, Saiful is accompanied by Najib’s ex-aide Khairil Anas to meet Najib at the DPM’s residence in Taman Duta. Denies that it was Mumtaz that took him. Najib’s initial sceptism turns to shock and he tells Saiful he can’t do anything as it is Anwar’s personal problem and it involves Saiful’s future. Saiful says he overhears an unknown person giving the IGP’s phone number to Najib. Saiful records the number. Meeting with Najib lasts 20-30 minutes.
Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was present in Najib’s house at the time of the meeting, according to Karpal. But Shafee says just because he was in the house doesn’t mean he was involved in the meeting: “Just because I was present at one corner of the house, to say that I must be involved in the meeting is a mere allegation and pure conjecture.”
Saiful catches a glimpse of Rosmah on his way out but doesn’t speak to her. Khairil drives Saiful home.
Saiful receives call from SAC Rodwan (then Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation Dept). After a few hours, meets Rodwan the same night in a room at Hotel Melia. (Was it 8.00pm or closer to midnight?) Rodwan requests a second meeting at Concorde Hotel the next day.
Morning: Saiful contacts IGP and speaks for a minute to tell him about his problems. But is scolded by IGP who thinks it is a crank call. Second meeting with Rodwan did not materialise (?)
Morning: Has a bath.
1.45-2.45pm: Drives from PKR office to condo to send file to Anwar.
3.01-4.30pm: Alleged sodomy takes place at Desa Damansara Condo owned by Hasanudin. (Saiful later told the court he felt angry and scared…)
Saiful complains to Tuah Mohd after this.
3.01am*: Saiful submits resignation email to Anwar citing his indiscipline, lack of punctuality and lack of qualifications which might embarrass Anwar later. (*per email scanned on Saiful’s blog).
“After a few hours, Anwar called me (on the phone) and scolded me and told me to meet him at the office at Section 16 that afternoon.” Saiful testifies Anwar persuades him not to resign and tells him to be more discplined. “He counter-offered (saying) he would sponsor my education.”
6.28am*: Anwar then responds to the email (* per email scanned on Saiful’s blog).
9.30am: Saiful goes to PKR office
Afternoon: Performs Friday prayers after just a light rinse.
5.00pm: Attends Anwar Ibrahim Club event with bloggers in Anwar’s house, serves coffee/tea to about a dozen or so people.
11.00pm: Meets Ezam until early morning in Rawang at a park in Bandar Tasik Puteri. He is accompanied by Rahimi Osman and uncle Tuah Mohd Ali. Tells Ezam he has been abused. Rahimi also took him to meet Mumtaz earlier in the day.
Meets Tuah and religious teacher Atuk. Later, meets Rahimi. Goes to Tawakal Kuala Lumpur Hospital, but is told that they work only half day there today.
2.00pm: Saiful, accompanied by Tuah, sees Dr Mohamad Osman Abdul Hamid at Hospital Pusrawi complaining of pains.
During examination, informs Dr Osman he was sodomised but doesn’t say by whom. Dr Osman advises him to go to the govt hospital (KL) nearby.
3.00pm: At Hospital KL, registers at outpatient ward. Sees female Indian doctor but is shy, is then referred to a Dr Daniel. Tells him he has been sodomised by Anwar. He is then referred to the Emergency Ward at the One Stop Crisis Centre. Doctor advises him to make a police report.
Two police personnel, a male and a female, come to him with a form.
5.45pm: Saiful makes police report in the ward that he has been allegedly assaulted/sodomised (non-consensual) by Anwar several times over the previous two months. (But the same Utusan report says the police report was made on 29 June. A Malaysiakini report at 11.03pm on 28 June said the police report was lodged at the Jalan Travers police station.)
7.00pm: Dr Razali receives call at home and is informed of a sodomy case.
9.00pm: Dr Razali arrives at emergency unit, where he meets two specialists, Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan and Dr Siew Sheue Seng (in charge) and a few police personnel. Saiful is examined by these three specialists at the GH, in the presence of IO Jude Pereira. Saiful also mentions a pregnant female doctor being present.
Saiful stays in Hospital until midnight (or spends the night in the hospital?)
12.35am: Dr Siew labels the samples and hands them over to Jude.
Saiful makes more statements to Jude.
Anwar takes refuge in the Turkish embassy at the invitation of its ambassador. He says he will stay there until the government can guarantee his safety.
30 (Monday) – Anwar leaves the embassy.
Najib says Saiful came to his Ministry three months earlier and met his aide regarding a scholarship application (Utusan).
2-4 – Hospital receives Pathology lab reports.
3 – Najib admits meeting Saiful at his residence: “I wouldn’t dare say… I thought he (Saiful) looked genuine because he was afraid. His hands were cold. But I am not brave enough to make a conclusion. I told him to make his own decision.”
8 – Saiful starts his blog.
11 – Chemistry reports received by the Hospital indicate presence of semen and mixture of DNA types from two males.
13 – This is the date shown on the medical report next to the signatures of the three Hospital KL doctors.
27 – Anwar says he plans to return to Parliament in a by-election near or around Permatang Pauh.
31 – Wan Azizah announces resignation from Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat, paving the way for Anwar to stand as a candidate in the by-election.
6 – Election Commission fixes nomination day and polling day for the Permatang Pauh by-election.
15 – Saiful swears on Qur’an that he was sodomised on 26 June. (Says in court it is just “coincidence” that this oath takes place on the eve of nomination day for the Permatang Pauh by-election.)
(The Star reports:
Asked whether this was the first time he was sodomised, Saiful said: “Yes, it was.”
Reporters: Do you love Anwar?
Reporters: Are you straight?
(Saiful clarifies in court that what he meant was “every time I was sodomised, it was Anwar who did it to me”.)
1.25pm: Anwar is arrested and taken to police headquarters.
8.45pm: Anwar is taken to Hospital KL for medical checks.
10.25pm: Anwar leaves Hospital KL.
26 – Anwar’s secures landslide victory in Permatang Pauh by-election.
If there are any errors or corrections to be made in the above chronology, let me know in the comments below.