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Anwar’s accuser to sue him in civil court

Yusoff Rawther (right) with his lawyer Datuk Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KOTA DAMANSARA – January 17, 2020: A former research assistant for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will file a civil suit for allegedly molesting him.

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther also would like to meet the Attorney-General’s Chambers in a bid to clarify misgivings over the no-further-action decision last Tuesday relating to his sexual assault complaint.

“I am terribly disappointed with the decision. I am angry that this is the decision that they have arrived at,” said Yusoff at a press conference at his lawyer’s office today.

Yusoff had on last December 4 made a statutory declaration alleging that he was sexually assaulted and molested by Anwar two months earlier. Three days later he lodged a police report after claiming that he had received anonymous threats.

According to his lawyer Muhamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, a meeting with the AGC, particularly with Solicitor-General Datuk Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek, is necessary because parts of her statement on the matter were confusing.

Yusoff’s complaint was brought to Engku Nor Faizah after AG Tan Sri Tommy Thomas recused himself due to his favourable opinion of Anwar in relation to previous sodomy charges.

“In the fourth paragraph (of her statement), the solicitor-general simply stated that the case cannot be prosecuted because they found contradiction of material facts. We want to know whether such contradictions are from the accuser or the accused,” said Haniff.

He contended that if such contradictions were solely from Yusoff’s side, then the AGC had usurped the power of the Judiciary as only a court can decide the truth of Yusoff’s claim.

“The sixth paragraph was also confusing because the solicitor-general stated that the no-further-action decision was recommended by the police. This was weird because if that was true, then the police would not have submitted their investigation papers to the AGC in the first place.

“The police would have simply closed their investigation but they did not. They sent their IP to the AGC on January 6. And to me, that showed the police had deemed there was a case,” Haniff pointed out.

Haniff had emailed the appointment request to the AGC yesterday and while he proposed a seven-day reply deadline, he was willing to reasonably wait beyond this period.

Haniff will file a counter-claim should he receive Anwar’s civil suit over the matter, which the latter stated he would do.

“As of today, I have yet to receive the notice concerning the civil suit from Anwar’s lawyer despite them informing me about this last December 17.

According to Haniff, the civil suit against Anwar could be filed under tort laws, specifically those concerning assault and personal trespass.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.