Thursday July 17, 2008
CID chief explains why Anwar was arrested earlier
KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim an hour before the 2pm deadline as they feared that he would not show up.
Federal CID director Commissioner Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said Anwar was supposed to go directly to the Kuala Lumpur headquarters immediately after giving his statement to the ACA in Putrajaya.
“However, we were informed that after he left the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya he re-routed and headed back to his house in Segambut,” he said.
“He was arrested as we had reason to believe that he was not going to show up at the KL police headquarters,” he said.
Anwar, who had left the ACA headquarters at 12.20pm, was arrested for investigation under Section 377C of the Penal Code for carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
He was there from 10am yesterday in connection with reports he had lodged against the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General.
Comm Bakri said police arrested him near his house as they wanted to avoid any untoward incident or commotion had they arrested him at his house.
“We wish to point out that Anwar had initially agreed to meet us on Monday but he failed to keep his appointment,” he said.
Anwar will be taken to the hospital here for a routine check-up which was a required procedure, Comm Bakri added.
He said that besides the check-up for record purposes, the police had also extended other facilities including allowing his family members and lawyers to visit him.
“He is also allowed to go for his prayers. We will accord whatever facility the law allows ... that we can assure.(The Star Online)
Regular commuters from Putrajaya to KL City Centre will not argue that it may take about two hours to reach KL City Centre, taking into account the current and unpredictable traffic situation.
So. is there any other reason, other than this mind game of "cat-and-mouse scenario" between the police and the suspect, or expecting another international headline?
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