Anwar denies latest sex allegation

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Dec 2019: 

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s private secretary Shukri Saad lodged a police report today against an individual named Muhammed Yusoff Rawther in connection with alleged sexual assault involving the PKR president.

Shukri said the report was lodged at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters (IPD) here, following Yusoff’s allegations he had been sexually assaulted by Anwar.

“A police report is lodged against Yusoff’s sworn declaration that went viral yesterday. I strongly reject his declaration and will hand it over to the police.

“This is a trivial matter that keeps happening and we can see there are plans to thwart the transfer of power that is taking place now. We will look into possible legal action that we can take,” he told reporters at the Dang Wangi IPD here.

Yesterday, Yusoff, who is also a former employee of Anwar, showed his sworn declaration dated Nov 19 in a press conference, detailing the alleged assault.

In the declaration, which was also posted on Facebook, Yusoff claimed he was a victim of Anwar’s indecent behaviour – allegedly to have taken place on2  Oct 2018, at Anwar’s office in Petaling Jaya.

Anwar, in a statement issued today, also strongly denied the allegations.

He said on the date of the said alleged sexual assault, he was actively campaigning for the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election – apart from attending the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday celebration in Kuala Lumpur – before returning to Port Dickson to fulfil his campaign schedule for the day.

Meanwhile in IPOH, the sessions court here set Feb 10 to 14 next year to hear the case of Perak executive council member Paul Yong Choo Kiong who is charged with raping an Indonesian maid.

Judge Norashima Khalid set the dates during the case management today-  which was attended by deputy public prosecutor Azhar Mokhtar and lawyer Farhan Sapian, representing Yong, who is State Housing, Local Government, Public Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs and New Village Committee chairman.

Earlier, in requesting for the trial dates, Farhan informed the court the defence had filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal agaisnt the Ipoh High Court’s decision in dismissing its application to transfer the case to the High Court.

The appeal was filed last Nov 28 and the defence is awaiting the date for mention of the appeal at the Court of Appeal, he said.

Azhar, however, objected to the defence’s request for further delay of the trial, saying any court case involving a civil servants should be disposed of within six months of the filing of the case, and will also have emotional impact on the victim.

On Aug 23, Yong who is also Tronoh assemblyman pleaded not guilty at the session’s court to raping a 23-year-old maid at his residence in Meru.

Also appearing for the prosecution were deputy public prosecutors Ainul Wardah Shahidan and Naidatul Athirah Azman, while lawyer Azura Alias held a watching brief for the Indonesian Embassy and the victim.

– Bernama