Anwar released on police bail

Malaysiakini/Star

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has been freed on police bail this morning. He was seen leaving with his family and lawyers in a car at 9.45am.
He has gone back to his house in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur and is expected to call a press conference at 2pm.

Anwar was not charged but will have to report back to the police in a month’s time on Aug 18.

Earlier this morning, Sankara told reporters outside the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters where Anwar was held overnight that Anwar would be released by 1pm.

“I received a call from one of the investigation officers and they agreed to grant Anwar police bail,” said Sankara who arrived at the police headquarters at 9am.

The lawyer went into the building after briefly speaking to about 50 journalists who are waiting outside. With Sankara is another lawyer, R Sivarasa, who is also PKR vice-president and Subang parliamentarian.

At 9.30am, Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail accompanied by her daughters arrived in a car and they were seen going into the police headquarters.

A suspect can be freed from police custody under the police bail but will have to report back at a specified date where the police have the option to procure charges

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released on police bail Thursday morning after having his statement recorded the night before, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

His statement was taken down to facilitate police investigations into the report lodged on June 28 by his 23-year-old former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan alleging he had been sodomised by the PKR de facto leader.

“He was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) as he was a suspect, and his arrest was made in accordance with the law,” Ismail said.

“Police followed every procedure and had even informed him and his lawyers that the warrant for his arrest had been obtained.

“He was treated fairly and according to due process of the law, which included allowing his wife (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) to visit him at about midnight,” he added.

Ismail said police would continue with their investigations.

He also appealed to the public not to speculate and to allow the police to investigate this case as they would any other case.

One Response to Anwar released on police bail

  1. su says:

    That Anwar has been released “on bail”, would that mean that he has been charged? Because from what I read yesterday, he was yet to be charged with anything.

    But at least he is safe for now.

    According to Malaysiakini, it is not necessarily so,

    “A suspect can be freed from police custody under the police bail but will have to report back at a specified date where the police have the option to procure charges”.

    He is freed now but could be charged on a later date. At least this is better than the last time. Previously he was totally refused bail.

    I also have this feeling that the evidence provided by Saiful is lame and circumstantial and would not stick (unless fabricated further).

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