Farhash to take legal action against Yusoff Rawther for slander

Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak says Muhammad Yusoff Rawther’s statement is slanderous.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against Muhammad Yusoff Rawther for “slander and subjudice”.

Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said this was in connection with what Yusoff, a former research assistant in Anwar’s office in Petaling Jaya, had said on a Facebook page called “Solidariti buat Muhammad Yusoff Rawther” on Dec 4.

“I was previously advised not to comment to avoid interfering in the police investigation into Yusoff’s allegations.

“But after reviewing the transcript of a recent press conference by Yusoff, his statement is slanderous,” said Farhash in a press statement.

Due to that, Farhash said he had instructed his lawyer to take appropriate legal action against Yusoff.

Bukit Aman’s Classified Criminal Investigation Unit this week launched a probe under Section 354 of the Penal Code, based on a police report lodged by Yusoff against Anwar on Dec 7.

Section 354 pertains to the use of criminal force to outrage a person’s modesty.

Anwar yesterday spent two hours at the Bukit Aman police headquarters. Police also accompanied him to his home in Bukit Segambut, as part of an investigation into a sexual misconduct complaint against him.

Yusoff was summoned twice to Bukit Aman, accompanied by his lawyer, Haniff Khatri Abdulla.

In his police report, Yusoff attached a statutory declaration, in which he claimed that Anwar had attempted to sexually assault him at his private residence in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar has strongly denied the claim, calling it baseless and politically motivated.