Friday, August 26, 2011

DNA samples from Saiful’s anus ‘pristine’

There is absolutely no evidence that Saiful's DNA samples had degraded, according to Australian expert

McDonald said the sample – taken from the higher rectum which was predominantly from “Male Y”, while another which was predominantly Saiful’s – was inconclusive. However, the DNA expert said that all three had no evidence that degradation had occurred and were “pristine DNA”.

Teoh El Sen, Free Malaysia Today

The DNA samples extracted from Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s anus, which were supposed to have degraded, appeared to be in “pristine” condition, the High Court here heard today.

“There is absolutely no evidence of degradation… ” said Australian consultant molecular geneticist, Dr Brian Leslie McDonald, at the Sodomy II trial.

McDonald agreed with defence counsel Ramkarpal Singh that the DNA test results were “inconsistent with the history (of the case)”.

Yesterday, McDonald had testified that the DNA samples – which were extracted from Saiful’s anus 56 hours after the alleged sodomy, and later kept in a drawer for 43 hours – would have degraded.

Australian forensic expert Dr David Lawrence Noel Wells, the head of forensic medicine at the Victoria Institute of Medicine, had also testified that the poorly kept samples were unlikely to have returned a positive result.

The defence team claimed the testimony today supports its argument that the evidence was tampered with.

“This is a very important issue. How could we have a new sample when the sample was supposed to have degraded with bacteria? Where did they get the sample from?” Anwar told reporters outside the court.

Earlier, Ramkarpal asked McDonald to give his opinion on the chemist report done on three DNA samples (B7, B8, B9) which were taken from Saiful’s higher and lower rectum.

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