Yusoff ready for lie-detector test, says lawyer

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther says he is ready to take a polygraph test to help police determine the truth of his claims.

PETALING JAYA: Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, the man at the centre of allegations of sexual assault filed this month against PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, has stated his readiness to undergo a polygraph test in the course of the police investigation.

His lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdullah said his client believed that the test, which has been used by local enforcement agencies although it may not be admissible in court, would help police “conclude their investigations justly and conclusively”.

“He is willing and ready to carry out a polygraph test at any time, date and venue to be decided by the police,” Haniff said in a statement.

“Yusoff is also fully aware that similar to other forensic tests, there are no specific provisions of law which provide for the conduct of polygraph tests in criminal investigations, but believes that the availability of such technology within our jurisdiction should be put to use in this investigation to support his allegation, independent from the voluntary statutory declaration which he affirmed on Nov 19, 2019.”

FMT reported last week that a polygraph test was among the options being considered by police as investigators zero in on the details surrounding Yusoff’s allegations of sexual assault.

Bukit Aman’s Classified Criminal Investigation Unit has launched a probe under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which deals with using criminal force to outrage a person’s modesty, based on the police report filed by Yusoff on Dec 7.

Yusoff, the grandson of late Penang consumer advocate SM Idris, was questioned for hours at Bukit Aman last week.

In his statutory declaration, Yusoff said he had thwarted Anwar’s attempt to outrage his modesty when the two met at the PKR president’s house on Oct 2 last year.

Polygraph tests, which have been used by the police, armed forces and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in their investigations, mark physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and respiration during questioning.