Mufti: Azlan's credibility is now subject to scrutiny
GRIEVOUS SIN: Saiful's father may have committed perjury, says Harussani
KUALA LUMPUR: THE credibility of Azlan Mohd Lazim should be subjected to scrutiny after he claimed that his son, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, had lied about being sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
As a Muslim who claimed to be upholding the sanctity of Islam, Azlan should realise that he might have committed perjury before Allah for previously being a witness to support his son's allegation, said Perak Mufti Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria.
Harussani said if the 60-year-old had long known the truth, why did he decide to reveal all only now?
What was more bewildering, added Harussani, was that Azlan had previously condemned Anwar for allegedly sodomising his son, who was a former aide to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader.
"Even if there is any truth to what he recently said, Azlan may have become a saksi bohong (false witness). He could have committed a grievous sin by coming out with a dustaan (barefaced lie).
"He was the one who beria-ria (feverishly) went all out to defend his son, from the beginning until the end. And now it is a different story altogether."
He questioned why Azlan got involved in the alleged fitnah (slander) in the first place and even went as far as supporting his son to take the much publicised sumpah laknat oath in 2008.
"In that sense, he could also be guilty of subahat (conspiring). In Islamic belief, he may not be affected or damned by the sumpah laknat oath, since it was Saiful who took it. He was just right there next to him supporting his son's cause," said Harussani.
The controversy is also expected to intensify with Sungai Petani PKR member of parliament Johari Abdul claiming that Saiful's rebuttal of his father's statement was an "insult" to Azlan.
Azlan, in setting his anti-establishment tone, had admitted in his press conference on Friday that he would now support Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar.
Johari was also quoted in an online news portal as claiming that it was Azlan who sought his help to organise the 30-minute press conference.
"Saiful's father approached me. He is the one who asked us to reveal all this. His father can't be so stupid to be easily influenced," Johari added.
Meanwhile, it is not known whether Saiful had met Azlan personally for an explanation over the latter's expose.
At a separate press conference later, also on Friday, Saiful had refused to provide his father's contact number to journalists, citing confidentiality.
Saiful's counsel Zamri Idrus, who was also accused alongside special officer to the prime minister Khairil Anuar Jusoh of fabricating allegations against Anwar, is mulling taking legal action against Azlan.
It was also learnt yesterday that Azlan is expected to be called in by police soon to have his statement recorded
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday said the reports on Azlan's allegations were not conclusive.
"That is why we will call Azlan for an interview as soon as possible. We want to know exactly what he said. Whatever we have right now is not clear."