Saiful: I got justice after 7-year wait

Saiful: I got justice after 7-year wait

PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan feels justice has been served after a seven-year legal battle.

He said the Federal Court's decision in upholding Anwar's sodomy conviction was proof that he was speaking and fighting for the truth.

 

"After seven years of prayers and perseverance, I feel vindicated that the Federal Court unanimously decided that my allegations all these years were true and I am a credible witness," he said in a blog post yesterday.

"My family and I fully respect the court's decision. From the time I lodged the police report seven years ago until now, all I wanted was justice, not more than that.

"As Allah's servant, I was merely fulfilling an obligation to uphold the truth so I will not pay for my lack of action in the afterlife," he said.

Mohd Saiful said he and his family could now move on with their lives.

"Thank you to all who have supported me directly and indirectly all these years," he said.

In a telephone interview, Saiful said it was not his wish to see Anwar behind bars.

"All I wanted was for my allegations to be investigated and to let justice take its course. Punishment is beyond me," he said.

"That is why I refrained from using the word 'grateful'. Saying that I am grateful for the decision could be misconstrued to mean I am happy to see Anwar jailed. We should not be grateful for another person's misery.

"This (decision) means a lot to a small fry like me who had to take on such a powerful figure to seek justice."

His wife, meanwhile, said it was tough making a living after incriminating an influential politician.

Nik Suryani Megat Deraman, who married Saiful two years ago, said: "Although we have problems making a living and dealing with people, we leave everything to Allah."

Suryani stopped short of hitting back at Anwar's supporters who had claimed that Saiful's accusations were politically and financially motivated.

Suryani, a former news broadcast journalist, said yesterday's court decision proved that her husband had been telling the truth.

With a seven-month-old baby in tow, she and Saiful "still have a long way to go", Suryani said.

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