Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim says he was blindfolded and beaten unconscious during his first night in detention 10 days ago. Appearing in court yesterday with a black eye and a badly bruised neck and arm, Anwar, 51, told graphically of his alleged mistreatment. Describing the first night he was detained under the Internal Security Act, he said: 'I was asked to stand up. I was boxed very hard on the left side of the temple and right part of the head. 'I was hit very hard on the left part of the neck. I was then slapped very hard until blood seeped from my nose and my lips were cut.' Anwar said that when he was semi-conscious the police helped him clean up his nose and lips. Sessions court Judge Hasnah Mohamed Hashim asked Anwar whether he had lodged a police report, and Anwar replied not until a later date. Pawancheek Merican, one of Anwar's lawyers, said his client claimed he was blindfolded while being beaten and could not tell how many officers were involved. Anwar told the court that after the alleged beating on his first night he was unconscious until morning. He said: 'Next morning there was a big swelling on my eye. I could not open it.' He claimed his vision in his left eye was affected and he was not able to walk properly for several days, although officers did help him. The next five days were said to have been spent in solitary confinement. 'I appealed to see a doctor a few times,' he said. 'For five days my appeals were not entertained. Only then did a doctor come to see him. 'When I wanted to make a police report nobody wanted to help. 'On the seventh day I met a Criminal Investigation Department officer. I requested that he record a statement. I requested that I be given treatment.' The matter was referred to a senior officer, who called in two doctors from the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, the former deputy premier said. In court, Anwar asked the judge to take a look at his eye. He told her: 'After 10 days what do you think? Can you imagine why they refused to see me earlier?'