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|Anwar to be charged
with causing grevious hurt
|In a surprise counter-suit, prosecutors in
the Rahim Noor assault case are planning to charge former deputy premier
Anwar Ibrahim with causing grevious hurt to the former Inspector-General
of Police. Anwar is accused of assaulting the former Inspector General
of Police in Bukit Aman Police headquarters while he was in police custody.
"Anwar had viciously attacked the former IGP by punching him on the
fist with his head, slapping his hands with his cheek and crushing his
knee with his groin," said a prosecutor who refused to be named.
Anwar accused of causing grevious hurt to Rahim's fists
An appeal to reduce the charges from grevious hurt to
just hurt was turned down. "The injuries suffered by Rahim were clearly
grevious," the prosecutor said. "A medical examination of Rahim
on the night of the attack had revealed numerous bruises on his knuckles
and the back of his hand. He very nearly sprained his wrist and could have
temporarily lost the use of his fist - an essential tool in every policeman's
The prosecutor denied that the charges are frivolous and
cynical. "The charges are all absolutely true. Have we ever lied to
you before about beatings in Bukit Aman Police Headquarters? Of course,
the Opposition will say that Rahim was safe and sound all the while, and
that he beat himself up! They are the liars."
"Decent Malaysians cannot tolerate such violence,"
the prosecutor. "Anwar is not above the law - he is not the Prime
Anwar is also being charged for causing grevious hurt
to UMNO credibility. He gladly pleaded guilty to this charge.
It was just a few friendly punches: aide
|An aide to former Inspector General of Police Rahim Noor
described the beating of former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim as "just
a few friendly punches".
According to a Royal Commission of Inquiry, Anwar was
blindfolded and his hands were handcuffed behind his back when Rahim walked
into the detention cell in Police Headquarters and attacked him. He started
with a punch above the left eye, which caused Anwar to fall backwards on
a cement slab. Dragged up on his feet again, he was punched again on the
top right of the head, then on the left, more blows, a karate chop on the
side of the neck, then hard strong slaps repeatedly across his face. Rahim's
defence said that Rahim was "remorseful" that he had hit "a
friend whom he holds in high regard"
A remorseful Rahim at his trial
"He was a friend and it was just a few friendly punches,"
said the aide who refused to be named. "He was only human. I'm sure
all of us had at one time or another handcuffed and blindfolded a close
friend and beat the living daylights out of him. What's the big deal?"
He added that Rahim even had the compassion to blindfold
Anwar during the beating. "He obviously wanted to spare Anwar the
pain of seeing the remorse in his face as his fists pounded Anwar's head.'
"I'm sure he's really, really, really sorry,"
he concluded. "And if you don't believe him, he's going to punch your
bloody eyeballs out!"