PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today confirmed that he had suggested that Muhammad Shafee Abdullah lead the prosecution team against Anwar Ibrahim during the sodomy trial four years ago, but said it was after the Umno lawyer warned him that the then attorney-general (AG) would not be able to secure a conviction.
Mahathir said Shafee had approached him and complained that then AG Abdul Gani Patail could not win the case for the prosecution.
“Shafee wanted so much to become the AG. He came to see me. He said the AG cannot win against Anwar in Sodomy II,” Mahathir told reporters at the PPBM headquarters today, when asked about Shafee’s claim that it was Mahathir’s idea for him to lead the prosecution of Anwar.
“I said if you think you can win, you see Najib lah,” Mahathir said, referring to former prime minister Najib Razak.
Shafee had said that his appointment to lead the prosecution team was one of the six demands made by Mahathir for Najib in exchange for support for his administration.
On Shafee, Mahathir said today: “According to him, I love him so much. You think now I am fighting Najib (Razak) because I love Shafee so much?”
Mahathir added that his meeting with Shafee took place when he was still on good terms with Najib.
Anwar was charged and convicted with sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He spent more than three years serving his five-year jail term, before he was released following a royal pardon in the aftermath of the May 9 polls.