Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Diploma holder' IGP accused of perjury.

By B Nantha Kumar |KUALA LUMPUR:   FMT

PKR vice-president R Sivarasa has accused Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan of committing perjury during Anwar Ibrahim's first sodomy trial in 1998.

In a report filed with the Damansara Utama police station today, the Subang MP claimed that Musa, then a senior police officer who spearheaded the investigations, had told the court that he possessed a degree in law.

“In fact at the time of the trial, he possessed a diploma,” he told reporters.

"The false statement by Musa was material because it influenced his personal credibility in this judicature hearing," he added.

Sivarasa said Musa had committed an offence under Section 191 Penal Code and could be punished under Section 193.

He urged the police to conduct an investigation “without fear or favour because giving false evidence under oath was an offence”.

Contradictory statements

On Dec 14, 1998, Musa was asked by the late counsel Christopher Fernando if he had a law degree, to which Musa said he had.

He said the degree was obtained in 1983 from the University of Wales.

In a later case involving former federal commercial crimes department head Ramli Yusuf, Sivarasa said Musa testified that he had a diploma in law.

“This contradicts his statement during Anwar’s trial when he said he had a degree in law,” he added.

Sivarasa also noted that in Ramli's case, the presiding judge Supang Lian had ruled that Musa’s testimony was “unrealiable” and should be “disregarded”.