This was told to the Kuala Lumpur High Court by Kuala Lumpur general hospital emergency care specialist Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan.
Upon cross-examination by defence counsel Sankara Nair this afternoon, Khairul Nizam said that he took swab specimens from Saiful's throat and tongue after the latter told him that he was forced to perform oral sex by a high-profile figure. Khairul Nizam mentioned the alleged act in passing when cross-examined by Sankara on why he did not perform a Touch DNA procedure on Saiful.
I took specimen through cotton swab on the victim's nipple area, saliva from the mouth where the victim alleged he was asked to perform oral sex, said Khairul Nizam.
Did Saiful wash away evidence?
Explaining why the Touch DNA procedure was not performed on Saiful's back or buttocks, Khairul Nizam said this wasn't necessary.
I only conducted examination on Saiful from his navel up and not anything below. (Surgeon) Dr Razali Ibrahim performed the examination of Saiful's anus as he was a specialist.
I did not took specimen from other areas as the victim told us that he had washed and cleaned himself, he said.
This statement ran contrary to Saiful's testimony last year, when cross-examined by lead counsel Karpal Singh, said he did not wash his anus in order to preserve evidence. At that time, Saiful told the court that he only took a morning shower but did not washed his private part and anus.
At another time during Saiful's cross-examination the victim had said he had Ada mandi tapi saya! cuci ta k habis. Saya cuci sikit (Yes, I had a light bath, but I did not clean thoroughly. I cleaned just a little bit).
Khairul Nizam adds that there was no need to perform a Touch DNA because the victim only came to the hospital two days after the incident. Based on what we sought, we think it is better to go ahead an examine the part where it was alleged (violated) by the perpetrator, the witness said.
Saiful looked unusually calm
Dr Khairul Nizam also told the court that Saiful was unusually calm, compose when the team of three doctors met him. It did strike me. I enquired about this from Saiful. He told me that he had thought about (his situation) thoroughly and was prepared to face the consequences. In some sexual assault cases, some patients would be traumatic while others chose to remain calm, he told the packed court room.
Khairul Nizam was responding to questions from Sankara on whether it was odd for sexual assault victims to be calm, since this reflects the psychiatric or psychological state of the victim.
Siew provided a similar testimony in the morning. He said that Saiful was calm and composed throughout the three hour examination which began at about 9.12pm on June 28, 2008 two days after the alleged sodomy act. Khairul Nizam added that Saiful had been at the hospital's One-Stop Crisis Centre under the Accident and Emergency Unit since 5pm waiting for a team of doctors to examine him.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is charged with sodomising Saiful, his former aide at the Desa Damansara condominium between 3pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
Doktor Khairul kata, beliau telah mengambil spesimen daripada bahagian mulut dan tekak Saifool. Tak kan Saifool tak makan dan minum selama 2 hari seperti mana dia kata dia tak basuh juboqnya selama 2 hari!!