FAC News -
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 8:12 AM
COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S BEATING – Anwar begs for medical
attention but is ignored
the police personnel in uniform removed the blindfold and the handcuffs,"
said Anwar Ibrahim in his testimony during the Royal Commission
of Inquiry hearing to establish what really happened on the night
of 20 September 1998.
them took the handkerchief, the same handkerchief they used to blindfold
me and wipe my blood oozing from my nose and upper lips," added
Anwar. "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."
late or early morning, ACP Koh then came up to me, woke me up and
served me with certain documents indicating that he is arresting
me under the ISA (Internal Security Act)."
laid flat, copped up in bed, lost any sense of time or whatever
happened until the following morning."
eye was swollen, so I was worried about my eyesight. I have a history
of cervical spondylosis…the karate chops had aggravated the spondylosis.
I could sense the nerve and pain on my left hand and sometimes,
even on my right."
were officers coming in during routine checks and I said to them,
"Look, I am not asking for anything, but I need medical attention,
serious medical attention". Most of them just ignored it."
person who entered the cell after the 21st (second day
of arrest) was the Camp Commandant, Halim Siraj. And I appealed
for medical attention."
Commandant said he would refer the matter to the higher authorities.
He came back later to me to say, "Dato Seri, I’m sorry, I did
my best, there is nothing more I can do". He was sympathetic."
asked to be examined by the doctor but I was first examined by the
doctor on 24 September 1998 (four days later)."
with Dr Vasantha was not at Bukit Aman (Police Headquarters) but
it was at the Special Branch hideout solitary confinement. I was
moved there at about midnight on 23 September, blindfolded and handcuffed
time took about one hour. I felt really miserable that time and
I was brought to this hideout stripped naked. My condition at that
time, I could hardly walk."
examined by Dr Vasantha in the afternoon. And I slept there for
a few more days, for three days. Then, on 27th, I was
brought back to Bukit Aman lockup."
That same day
Anwar made a police report on the assault at the Tun HS Lee Police
ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S BEATING
- previous reports