Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sodomy II Exposed

Anwar Ibrahim has many detractors. And certainly, there are those who are still sceptical of Anwar’s innocence in the sodomy fairytales. I would like to suggest that these people read “The Trial of Anwar Ibrahim, Sodomy II” – a 306-page book published by Marshall Cavendish Editions and released here last Wednesday. The author is Mark Trowell (photo above), an experienced Australian criminal lawyer and long story short, he pronounced that the alleged sodomy victim Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan does not strike him as a "normal" sexual assault victim. In fact, this guy is shameless because it would appear that he loved to hog the media limelight. Certainly, he craved publicity and this is not typical of a sexual assault victim.

Trowell also maintained that it was not normal for a sexual assault victim not to have a bath for two days. "I am made to understand that a Muslim, after sexual intercourse, is required to have the ritual bath before he or she can perform prayers. So, the question remains as to how Saiful did his prayers.

“In my 25 years of experience in criminal law, I have never seen someone not bathing for two days to preserve forensic evidence.

"On the contrary, I feel the victim would want to quickly have a shower to remove the perpetrator's body smell.

"In some cases of sexual abuse, the victims would scrub their bodies until nearly wounding themselves, to remove the smell," said Trowell, who is a Queen's Counsel.

Trowell even questioned Saiful's ability to meet then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and a top police officer at the Concorde Hotel two days before the alleged sodomy incident and which added further intrigue to the case.

All the above leads to the cruel fact that Anwar had been victimized. Is it too much to ask that he be spared further indignities? Najib, what say you?

Yesterday, I was invited to attend the Friendship Toastmasters meeting and I evaluated Alexandra Lau’s Advanced speech. I was happy with my evaluation and I reckoned it was better than the evaluation I did on Monday. True enough, I was voted Best Evaluator for my fine effort. I also took part in the Table Topics session conducted by newbie Nancy Soo and again, I was voted Best Table Topics speaker. Putting aside my small achievements, I found the speeches and evaluations to be really good and overall, I enjoyed the meeting. A 7.5 out of a 10 score only because the meeting started twelve minutes late and it didn’t finish until nearly 10 PM.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I received two noteworthy remarks about my presentations. Table Topics Evaluator Ian Tai described my speech as “predictable” and General Evaluator Jon Tan described my evaluation as “vitriolic”! I do not necessarily disagree with Tai and as for Tan, while I can accept that I have a vitriolic tongue, I felt I gave a balanced evaluation that evening. Anyway, thank you for the feedback

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