Text of Anwar Ibrahim’s statement from the dock

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The full text of Anwar’s statement from the dock in court this morning.

It is highly unlikely that you will see it in the mainstream media tomorrow.

So read it at Anwar’s blog.

He concludes as follows:

But the zeal to consign me to political oblivion continues unabated. Najib seems to think that by destroying my political future, it would also destroy the prospects of Pakatan Rakyat ever coming to power.

Hence, nothing is spared to ensure that I will be convicted in order that the UMNO led Barisan government continues to rule.

Having regard to all the above, I now wish to state that this trial is for all intents and purposes a show trial. I say this not to mock your Lordship nor with animosity towards anyone personally but I sit before you in the dock only to speak what I know and what I believe with conviction to be the truth. And this conviction is borne by having been in public service for more than forty years a quarter of which was spent within the walls of incarceration in Kamunting and in Sungai Buloh. The fact remains that I was condemned to imprisonment not because of any crime that I had committed but for my political beliefs and convictions and more significantly because back in 1998 I had posed a clear and present threat to the more than two decades of autocratic rule of Mahathir.

I say it because as I’ve stated earlier, the court’s integrity has been completely compromised and bears all the classic symptoms of a show trial where the script has been effectively written and the outcome a foregone conclusion. I say it because as a presiding judge you have demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt your complete lack of impartiality. I say it because you have consistently refused to recuse yourself even in the face of mounting evidence of your bias against me. I say it too because you have persistently turned a blind eye to the gross violations of protocol and procedure committed by the prosecution while at the same remaining impervious to my protestations about these blatant irregularities that would have without more alerted any impartial judge as to the malice and bad faith of the prosecution.

In the matter of the duty of a judge, the Holy Qur’an commands:

“And when you judge between mankind

Then you judge justly”

Surah An-Nisaa:58

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Andrew I

p.s. Gherkin has been awfully quiet these days. Does anyone know if he has retired?

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Ooh La La

Gerkhin got to many thumbsdown (like his master) at anil’s. rumoured he is now active in Sabah’s blog in line with his master strategic marching to east malaysia to start new base; and to grow the famed seedless durians there.

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Puasa ~

Andrew I
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Andrew I

I thought you once said you wanted your bah kut teh, like Dire Straits wanted their MTV. You know Anil, you should have a Gherkin archive with all his memorable quotes. You can list them according to how many thumbs down they get. Then we can have a weekly top ten a la David Letterman.

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Any contradiction ??? Puasa has broad meaning.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Ah, so you’re not like the girl in the 8TV ad?

Haslam P
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Haslam P

insaf lah

“And when you judge between mankind

Then you judge justly”

Surah An-Nisaa:58

mari sama sama menghakis perasaan negative dan bina malaysia yang maju, transparent & tak korupt.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Highly unlikely? More like when cats can fly. Wong isn’t going to do it, that’s for sure. Just had his rear razed recently.

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Let the fall of the Dictators of Tripoli be a reminder of these so called “Untochables”…no one is invincible. These dodgy characters in question should be caged when true democracy returns….

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How refreshing to see the accused YB DSAI coached the … Judge presiding in this infamous trial… how to write a factual report…not, a marble polishing judge that oozed out rubbish based on made-up “facts”…! … judge, have you a sound mind, don’t your conscience ever prick you?…you should not only removed yourself from the bench…

This … Court, (seems) all out to crucify an innocent man. Pink lips,… Malaysians challenge you to take the witness stand to clear your name … coward!