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Beh Lih Yi Jun 30, 08 1:14pm
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Azak today strongly dismissed claims that he was involved in a conspiracy to ruin PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim's political career.
He said that he was not involved in the police report lodged by Anwar's aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in which he claimed to be sodomised by Anwar."I'm not involved in this case," the deputy prime minister told reporters in Parliament.
When questioned on the existence of a photo of his special officer with Saiful, Najib said it was taken when the 23-year-old came to his office to seek a government scholarship to pursue his studies.
The photo (shows Saiful (in blue shirt) with Najib's special officer Khairil Anas Yusof. According to Najib, the photo was taken three months ago.
He repeatedly stressed at the press conference that he was not involved in any political conspiracy.
The deputy prime minister said that it was now up to the police to investigate the report lodged by Saiful to see if the alleged sodomy did take place.
Saiful dropped a bombshell on Saturday by lodging a police report stating that he was sodomised by Anwar.Anwar said that this was a fabricated charge and left to seek protection at the Turkish embassy after claiming that his life was in danger.
He also filed a defamation suit against Saiful this morning to clear his name.
Government's assures safety
Najib today said that Anwar was never harassed, even when he was busy campaigning against the government as an opposition leader.
"This is not a political persecution. Let the police investigate the matter," he added.
Najib also said that the government can assure Anwar of his personal safety.
Meanwhile, three other Umno ministers also denied that they were part of any conspiracy.
Photographs of Saiful with Shahrir Abdul Samad, Mustapha Mohamad and Azalina Othman Said appeared in the Internet yesterday, fuelling speculations of Saiful's involvement with Umno figures to topple Anwar.
The three ministers also said that they did not know Saiful personally.Commenting on this, Najib said that Saiful, being a student leader, could have taken photographs with many politicians.