PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim’s ex-lawyer has challenged Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah to repeat his allegation outside the Dewan Rakyat that Anwar had sexually abused the Tambun MP’s nephew.
“If Husni is man enough, he should repeat what he had uttered and face a possible lawsuit,” lawyer SN Nair said.
“There is absolutely no evidence to the allegation by Husni, although the powers that be then were actively trumping up various wild allegations,” Nair said.
The lawyer was responding to Husni’s speech in the Dewan Rakyat last week alleging that his nephew had been sodomised by Anwar.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term in Sungai Buloh after he was found guilty of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in 2008.
In 1999, Anwar and his adopted brother, Sukma Darmawan, were jointly charged with sodomising Azizan Abu Bakar between January and March 1994.
Azizan was at the time the driver for Anwar’s wife and PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Anwar and Sukma were later cleared of the charge by the court.
Nair said he was privy to, and in the “thick of things” between 1998 and 2004, when this accusation and case took place.
Nair said today that Husni was attempting to resurrect an incident which was “wholly untrue, false and has no basis”.
He said Anwar could not file a defamation suit over the statement as Huzni could hide behind parliamentary immunity.
“But if Husni is courageous enough to repeat it outside the house, he would possibly be slapped with a lawsuit and then we will have the opportunity to raise a defence in a court of law,” Nair added.
At least two Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs have said they want the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) to probe Husni’s “kaki liwat” accusation against Anwar .
Sepang MP Mohamed Hanipa Maidin and Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, have filed a qazaf (wrongful accusation) complaint and want the former cabinet member to be investigated under Section 41 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.
In the complaint filed yesterday, the duo, who were in the Dewan Rakyat when Husni was debating the Supply Bill, said Husni had accused Anwar of the sexual misconduct.