Sunday, October 9, 2011

“Back Pain” – Anwar’s Last Line of Defence?


It is now clear why the German specialist from Munich, Dr Thomas Hoogland was called as witness in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy II trial.

It is to ‘confirm’ that Anwar could not have sodomised his aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, as he had back pains.

According to a Bernama report that quoted Hoogland’s testimony in court, “the German specialist said before the operation that Anwar could hardly walk.” He was referring to the surgical procedure carried out on Anwar in Munich, Germany on September 6, 2004.

Anwar chose to have his back bone affliction treated at the Alpha Clinic in Munich right after he was released from the Sungai Buloh Prison on September 2, 2004.

At that time, according to him, he chose Alpha Clinic by reason of it reputedly being the best compared to the government or the private hospitals in Malaysia.

It was understood that it took Anwar three weeks, beginning September 6 until 27 to undergo the treatment at his clinic of choice.

After the treatment, according to Anuar Shaari, who was among Anwar’s officials who accompanied the de facto PKR leader in Munich, the operation and follow-up treatment had been successful, hence allowing Anwar to continue to travel the world for his activities.

“However, if we are to look closer at Hoogland’s testimony, there are factors that have been manipulated (lied) in court when he claimed “Anwar almost could not at all walk before the treatment at his clinic.”

What Hoogland said had not been accurate because the video recordings of Anwar’s activities following his release from Sungai Buloh prison showed the de facto leader walking and could even turn his head despite wearing a neck brace.

One video for example, recorded Anwar’s activities when he was released by the Federal Court on September 2, 2004. It showed how he was easily supported by the hips when carried by his supporters.

And like the September 4, 2004 recording when he was at Bukit Damansara, Anwar was clearly shown to be able to stand and turn his body while waving to his supporters.

At that time Anwar was just about to leave his house for the KLIA while en route to his medical appointment in Munich.

Upon arriving at the Alpha Clinic in Germany, Anwar was no more in a wheelchair, although prior to that he was often seen in one.

Like what the TV3 recording showed, Anwar was helped out of the four-wheel drive vehicle by Dr Halili Rahmat, while Anwar’s son, Ihsan held his hand.

In the recording, after Anwar met Hoogland, he let go of his son’s hand and Dr Halili to embrace the Munich doctor.

The recording is proof that Anwar could stand and chat before undergoing the treatment.

Even in another recording made in 2001 when Anwar was serving his sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison and required treatment at a government hospital, it was shown that he could stand and walk.

The recordings showed two different views of Anwar, one of while in public and the other when not with his supporters.

When Anwar was only escorted by the police and accompanied by the doctor, he was seen leaving his wheelchair, removing his neck brace, able to stand without being assisted, cross his legs and even walk.

And when he wanted to get out of hospital, whereupon he would, invariably, be greeted by a phalanx of supporters, Anwar would once again wear his neck brace and reclaim his position in a wheelchair, which is pushed by a nurse.

During that time Anwar was seen standing and at the same time removing his neck brace while moving his hands upwards and talking to someone, believed to be his son.

The three video recordings clearly disputed Hoogland’s claim that Anwar could not walk at all before being treated at his clinic.

Therefore, upon this premise do we not assume that Hoogland had not been honest in his testimony just to defend Anwar?

Such a posture becomes even more evident when Anwar’s lawyer, Sankara Nair focused on his hips during the earlier stages.

“Pain was felt in the back when he stretched his legs between five to 10 degrees,” said Hoogland when examining Anwar – a procedure, which he alleged was carried out on September 8 this year.

The testimony by Hoogland proved that the operation and treatment on Anwar carried out at his clinic in September 2004 had not been successful as previously claimed.

Is it true that Anwar’s back pain had become worse after receiving treatment in 2004. If so, why was Anwar not back in his wheelchair, adorning the neck brace and proceeding to Munich for more treatment?

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