KUALA LUMPUR: Former political aide Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who has accused PKR president Anwar Ibrahim of sexual assault, was questioned by federal police for eight hours today about his allegations.
He left federal police headquarters at Bukit Aman after 8pm, accompanied by his lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla.
Haniff told waiting reporters that the case was being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code, a provision on the use of criminal force to outrage a person’s modesty.
Asked why Yusoff lodged a police report now, a year after the alleged assault, Haniff said that he could not divulge any information about the delay. “Yusoff has informed the police about it today, it is part of the investigation,” he said.
Anwar has denied sexual assault, saying the matter was politically motivated, coming on the eve of the PKR national congress held at the weekend. He has also said he was campaigning in the Port Dickson by-election on the day of the alleged assault (Oct 2 last year).
The PKR president, who is MP for Port Dickson, has said he will lodge a police report, while his lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh, has served a letter of demand for Yusoff to retract his allegation.
Haniff said Yusoff sought justice and that the police should take necessary action if the allegations were true.
He said Yusoff, who is 26, “is not a young boy. He understands that if he comes out with a lie, then he will pay the price for it. So, that is something he is aware of, yet he has taken the stand to cooperate with the police to give a full statement on what happened”.
Yusoff, the grandson of consumer activist SM Mohamed Idris, made his allegation about Anwar in a sworn statement made public last week.
Yusoff says he has his family’s support, others should stay out
Yusoff told reporters this evening that he has the full support of his family. He hoped those who were not a part of his family would not get involved in the case.
Yusoff’s father Muhammed Ali Mohammed Idris and Ali’s uncle, Mohideen Abdul Kader, have been exchanging words about Yusoff and his accusations.
Mohideen had made a scathing attack on Yusoff last week, saying Yusoff had been “estranged” from the family since the death of his grandfather, and that Yusoff had “an inflated ego”. In response, Ali had said Mohideen did not represent the views of the family or to speak on its behalf.
Yusoff said today that Mohideen was someone he would meet “once a year” during Hari Raya.
“All of a sudden he’s an expert in my life, which is a bit surprising. But my family has come out and put out a statement. I’ll leave it at that,” he said. “I just hope people who are not part of my family will not get involved in this matter.”