FAC News -
Saturday, March 9, 2002 9:53 AM
COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S BEATING – Anwar is beaten senseless
and left without medical attention
escorted by hundreds of police officers, not two, and seven to eight
were close around me," said Anwar Ibrahim in his testimony
at the Royal Commission of Inquiry in early 1999.
escorted me to a van outside the house and I pleaded with them to
allow all my children to join me in the van. They allowed but one
was left behind."
van, I was seated behind the police driver and the police officer.
Beside me was Azizah, and behind me were my five children. I was
I think five minutes, six minutes, the van stopped. And then I was
asked to get down. And they asked me to get into the patrol car
behind the van. They put me in the back seat."
that I again pleaded with the OCPD Brickfields. I said, "Look,
let me say goodbye to my wife and my children". And they said
to me, "You can do that later"."
way the Inspector politely said to me, "I am sorry Dato, I
have been ordered to cover your eyes"."
off my specs and submitted to being blindfolded. I did not resist
or protest, and just submitted myself to being blindfolded."
we moved on, until I arrived at the foyer. They told me it was Bukit
Aman (Police Headquarters)."
the car stopped and I was taken out of the car. I was (still) blindfolded,
but not handcuffed. And then I was led by my hand by some people."
sense that I was in a building with hundreds of people because you
could hear the police boots."
they took me to a place where they left me seated on a cement slab.
Shortly thereafter, I was handcuffed with my hands behind my back.
Then I was left alone for some time."
a number of footsteps outside. At that time, I was alone in my cell.
I was seated on the cement slab."
up, just a matter of seconds afterwards, there was a big hard box,
punch. A strong hard punch above my eye on my left forehead, and
I fell backwards onto the cement slab."
my hand was grabbed. Somebody pulled my hand and pulled me up."
was no kicking. There was a heavy blow on the top right of my head,
another one on the left top of my head, and the karate-like chop
on my left neck, and then I felt like a punch on my right upper
hard, strong left and right slaps. Left, more towards my ear and
right, more towards front side of face near the mouth."
the footsteps, I was quite certain that there were at least two
people inside the cell or lockup, and one or two others outside,
immediately outside the door of the cell."
the ‘berdehem’ (clearing of the throat) from this person who was
coming into the cell. The berdehem sounded familiar to me. Even
at that time I knew it was Tan Sri Rahim Noor (the Inspector General
took a few minutes. It ended abruptly in the sense that I can hear
the "oh" and "ah", of people being pulled or
I felt the sound of people pulled away, there was no longer any
assault. I was already down (on the floor). I was feeling groggy,
weak and was already bleeding from my nose."
on, some personnel came into the cell and removed the blindfold
and handcuffs. Then they left me in that condition until late that
in a state of semi-consciousness. Very weak. And certainly a bit
disoriented because the strike on my head was a bit severe."
while, when the assault took place, I was blindfolded and handcuffed
with my hand behind my back."
ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S BEATING
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