Cops to call Anwar next in probe over ex-staff’s claims

Yusoff Rawther worked as a research assistant at Anwar Ibrahim’s office in Petaling Jaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will be recording statements from PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and other witnesses as part of an investigation into claims of sexual assault by Muhammed Yusoff Rawther.

Bukit Aman Ciminal Investigation Department (CID) director Huzir Mohamed said police would refer to the Attorney-General’s Chambers once investigations are complete.

This comes after Yusoff was summoned to Bukit Aman this week based on a police report he filed against Anwar last Saturday, as well as the contents of a statutory declaration he issued accusing the PKR leader of trying to outrage his modesty.

“The case is beng investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code and investigation papers would be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers together with some suggestions based on the outcome of the investigation,” Huzir said in a statement.

Yusoff, 26, was a research assistant at Anwar’s office in Petaling Jaya until earlier this year, when he claimed he was assaulted by the Port Dickson MP’s political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak. He has since slapped a civil suit against Farhash, although Farhash denies the accusations.

At a press conference streamed on Facebook Live on Dec 4, Yusoff claimed that a senior politician had committed a crime against him which he described as “un-Islamic, vile, insidious and morally repugnant”.

Anwar strongly denied the claim, calling it baseless and politically motivated. He also instructed his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh to take legal action.