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|Anwar assault trial
|Former police chief 'medically unfit' to attend trial
The trial of former police chief Rahim Noor was postponed
this month after his defence lawyer said he was unwell. Rahim, who is is
charged with assaulting Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim while the former deputy
premier was in police custody at police headquarters, did not appear in
court and was said to be "medically unfit" to attend his trial.
The defence lawyer produced a medical certificate issued
by retired doctor Dr M Mohamad for his client. Dr Mohamad said Rahim was
clearly unfit to stand trial as he exhibited signs of profound hearing
loss during a medical examination. "When I repeatedly asked him a
simple question, 'Did you beat Anwar?', he did not hear a word and
simply cleared his throat with an 'Ehemmm!'
Dr Mohamad added that the former police chief's eyesight
also appeared to be deteriorating rapidly. "When shown pictures of
Anwar's black eye and other injuries, he actually thought the man looked
'safe and sound'"
Rahim demonstrating how he
"These are clear indications that he is quite unwell,"
Dr Mohamad concluded. "Either that, or he was just rehearsing his
testimony for the trial."
Dr Mohamad also noted that Rahim may also be suffering
from severe memory loss. "After all, it took him over four months
to actually remember that he beat Anwar to a pulp and finally admit it."
Rahim is accused of assaulting Anwar when he was arrested
under the Internal Security Act in October 1998. Rahim only admitted to
the attack during the hearing of a Royal Commission of Inquiry in February
the next year, claiming that he was provoked when Anwar allegedly called
him a "father of dogs".
When asked for details of Rahim's illness, Dr Mohamad
said it could be rabies.
|Pinochet sends greetings
Former Chilean dictator, torturer and mass murderer
General Agusto Pinochet this month sent a congratulatory message to former
police chief Rahim Noor on the successful postponement of his assault hearing
due to his being "medically unfit to stand trial".
torturer and violent brute ...
spot the difference
|Pinochet, who was in exile in the UK, is back in Chile
after successfully fighting an extradition order from Spain to stand trial
for torture, murder, massacres and miscellaneous atrocities. His defence
team claimed Pinochet was "medically unfit to stand trial"
"If I can get a medical chit to excuse me for all
those tortures, murders, massacres and miscellaneous atrocities, you can
surely get off easily for that little punch up in the detention cell, amigo,"
Pinochet's message said.
Pinochet also invited Rahim to Chile where, he said, "
you can beat up all the dissidents you like, no problemo, amigo. And feel
free to bring along that other tin-pot dictator with you".
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