FAC News -
Friday, May 24, 2002 10:01 AM
ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S
a plot to arrest Anwar long before the arrest
government says that the decision to arrest Anwar Ibrahim was
made on 20 September 1998, the day Anwar led the biggest
demonstration in Malaysia’s
history. Anwar was a threat to national security, argues the government,
and that was why he was arrested under the Internal Security Act
Well, the Royal
Commission of Inquiry that sat from 22 February to 4
March 1999 to investigate Anwar’s
beating revealed otherwise. There had actually been a plot to arrest
Anwar long before 20 September 1998. And
this was confirmed by Dato Yaacob Md
Amin, the Director of the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) who testified in the Inquiry.
“In June 1998,
the CID was in the process of investigating Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim,”
said Dato Yaacob. “I was informed from
time to time regarding the progress of the investigation.”
September 1998, a decision had been made to arrest Dato
Seri Anwar,” added Dato Yaacob. “I do
not know when the decision was actually made to arrest Dato Seri
Anwar on that night.”
had been made before the 20 September 1998. The arrest of Dato Seri Anwar
was under Section 377 of the Penal Code. The decision was made a
week before 20 September 1998.”
was not carried out then because I was waiting for the right time,
correct time, to arrest Dato Seri Anwar.”
to arrest Dato Seri Anwar under Section 377 of the Penal Code was
made by the AG’s Chambers.”
we have it. The Director of the CID testified at the Royal Commission
of Inquiry that the AG’s Chambers was the one behind Anwar’s arrest.
And they had already decided to arrest
Anwar under Section 377 of the Penal Code. And
this decision was made a week before the arrest, while the “machinery
started churning” three months before that – in June.
on the night of 20 September, they arrested Anwar under the ISA
on the flimsy excuse that he was “a threat to national security”.
This adds weight
to Anwar’s accusation that there was a political conspiracy to get
rid of him. And the police’s testimony
just strengthens this argument further.
will go through the events of the night they arrested Anwar.
ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO ANWAR’S BEATING
- previous reports