The star witness in Anwar Ibrahim's trial denied defence suggestions yesterday that she had been in love with the former deputy prime minister or that she had sold her soul by making allegations against him for money. She said it was not true she was jealous of her sister-in-law, whom she had alleged was a party to an adulterous affair with Anwar. Ummi Hafilda Ali, 31, whose accusations that Anwar was an adulterer and a homosexual led to his sacking from cabinet and appearance in court on charges of corrupt practices and sodomy, also denied that she confessed to people that she was 'crazy' about him. 'I did say that I looked up to him as a leader before I knew the real person,' she said. She acknowledged that she had written a letter to the former deputy prime minister on September 20, which the defence said was 'filled with hatred and venom', praying that the 'dog Anwar' would be 'destroyed by AIDS soon'. Hammered by questions under intense cross-examination by a defence lawyer over her relations with Anwar and her family, her advertising company's alleged debts and a contract she was negotiating with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Ms Ummi proved a feisty witness. Dressed in a fashionable outfit in various shades of brown, similar in style to what she wore on Monday, Ms Ummi responded fiercely to a defence submission that she had written love letters to Anwar, saying she should sue the lawyer for making a false accusation. When the lawyer, Christopher Fernando, asked her whether she had sold her father's Mercedes car to pay her debts, she denied it, saying: 'You should be discussing the morals of the accused, not mine.' But Ms Ummi disclosed a family rift when she accused her brother, Azmin Ali, who was Anwar's private secretary, of bribing her father to make a sworn statement saying he disowned her. She said he presented her father with a bungalow costing about M$300,000 (HK$609,000) and a car 'paid for in cash'. When Mr Fernando was asked by Mr Justice Augustine Paul to explain the relevance of questions about the witness' father, he said it was to show that there was 'never this family unity that she was talking about'. Ms Ummi had told the court the previous day that she made her allegations against Anwar in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to 'save' her brother Azmin and for the protection of her family. The letter said Anwar was having an affair with her brother's wife, Shamsidar Taharin, and had sodomised his driver. Ms Ummi said Anwar deserved the letter she wrote to him on September 20 because he had cheated the nation. She denied that she had 'cheated the nation by making false allegations for money'.