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Tuesday July 29, 2008

News portals reveal report saying Saiful not sodomised

PETALING JAYA: A medical report purportedly stating there was no medical indication of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan having been sodomised has surfaced on online news portals.

The medical report from Hospital Pusrawi, signed by Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid at 2.14pm on June 28, ruled out that Mohd Saiful was sodomised.

It said there was “zero active bleeding”, “zero ulcer or pus” and “zero tear and scar” in Mohd Saiful's anus.

In the report, Dr Mohamed Osman had also recommended that Mohd Saiful go to a government hospital for further check-up.

How the medical report was leaked – which is a breach of patient confidentiality – is unknown.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said the Malaysian Medical Council must look into the case.

“I have instructed the director-general to look into the case to ensure that professionalism is maintained,” he said.

A top Health Ministry official said the leaked report was probably not a full report because it appeared to be documenting only the superficial.

A spokesman from the hospital said a statement would be issued soon.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, editor of news portal Malaysia Today which carried the report, said the medical report proved that Mohd Saiful was not sodomised by Anwar.

“The police also have a copy of this report that I have published, so they know what I know,” he wrote.

Raja Petra also alleged that Dr Mohamed Osman had gone into hiding because the police wanted him to change his medical report to implicate Anwar.

PKR secretary-general Salehuddin Hashim said there needed to be complete public disclosure on the case.

“The medical report appears to confirm what we have always believed: that the allegations against Anwar are without merit and are politically motivated,” he said.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said: “This is a very disturbing turn of developments and will subject Malaysia to a new spate of international bashing unless the police can come forward to throw light on the first medical report and the whereabouts of Dr Mohamed Osman.”

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