‘I was asked to subvert Anwar’s trial’

‘I was asked to subvert Anwar’s trial’
Malaysia's opposition has lost its iconic and unifying leader after Anwar Ibrahim's appeal against a controversial sodomy conviction was dismissed by the Federal Court.The ruling threatens to end the 68-year-old's political career as he must serve a five-year ban from elections following the five-year jail term.

PETALING JAYA: Jude Pereira, who was the investigating officer in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case claims he was asked to subvert the trial for the Opposition Leader, according to an online portal.

He said Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan asked him to issue a statement that there was conspiracy and government interference in Pereira's investigations.

Malaysia Today on Friday quoted Pereira as saying that he refused to do so because he didn't think there were any.

This happened when he was asked to meet Sanjeevan at a hotel before the 2013 general election.

Pereira said Sanjeevan handed him his cell phone and asked him to speak to Anwar. "I just wished DSAI well for the elections and told him that I was not able to say what Sanjeevan wanted me to say. And Anwar said that it was all right."

Pereira claimed that Sanjeevan had promised him he would be "taken care of should PKR win (GE13)" if he agreed to release the statement.

Sanjeevan posted a tweet on Friday rubbishing Pereira's claims.

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