PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla today dismissed talk that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is involved in the events surrounding his client Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, saying such claims belong in Hollywood.
“To me, the capabilities of certain sections of our society to come up with fanciful conspiracy theories do at times relegate Hollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood to second, third and fourth spots down the ladder,” he said in a statement.
“Perhaps these people should put their theories to work through movies for them to earn good money.”
Yusoff, a former political aide of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, was questioned by the federal police for eight hours yesterday over his claim that the Port Dickson MP had tried to outrage his modesty.
He was accompanied by Haniff, who has represented Mahathir in the past.
Haniff said today that he had acted for Mahathir before, and was still attending to some of the prime minister’s matters.
“The fact that I am appearing for Yusoff out in front – that, surely, makes it crystal clear that Mahathir cannot therefore be behind this matter at all,” he said.
He added that lawyers cannot refuse a brief from clients in any situation except where they may be conflicted or professionally embarrassed due to a direct link to the subject matter.
Anwar has denied Yusoff’s claim, calling it politically motivated especially in light of its timing just before the PKR national congress last weekend.
He also said he would lodge a police report on the matter while his lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh, has served Yusoff a letter of demand to retract his allegation.
The case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force with the intent to outrage modesty.