Evidence enables surgeon to conclude there was anal penetration
Fri, Jun 04, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR - Semen presence in complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's anal region showed evidence of penile penetration, said a surgeon when testifying in Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial.

Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim, a general surgeon at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, yesterday said he had examined and had taken four swabs from Mohd Saiful on June 28, 2008.

Questioned by lead prosecutor Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, he said the four swabs -- two high rectal, one low rectal and one perianal - had revealed the presence of semen.

Dr Mohd Razali, who had handled over 100 cases involving the anal region, testified that it was also consistent with Mohd Saiful's allegation that lubricant was used when he was allegedly sodomised by Anwar on June 26, 2008.

"Everything is consistent," said Dr Mohd Razali, who is the second prosecution witness to testify.

He said an examination of the external area of Mohd Saiful's anus showed no injury or trauma or fissure.

"I found the anal opening (perianal area) moist. I found a small hemorrhoid (piles)," he told High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah.

He added that he had inserted a proctoscope (a medical device) into the complainant's rectum with the aid of a gel and took samples by using the swabs provided.

Emergency Care Specialist Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan and forensic pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Feng were present at the time, he added.

"Each swab, I passed to Dr Siew as he is in charge of those things. He put it into a container and wrapped it,"

The specimens were given to investigating officer DSP Judy Blacious Pereira on June 29, 2008 for laboratory analysis, he added.

Dr Mohd Razali also said that he was made known of the location of the samples taken from the complainant and the laboratory reports yesterday which enabled him to make a definitive conclusion that the presence of semen showed there was anal penetration.

The judge then allowed an application by Anwar's lead counsel Karpal Singh to cross-examine the surgeon today.

-The Star/Asia News Network

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