Nothing fishy about probe on sexual assault claims against Anwar, says IGP

IGP Abdul Hamid Bador says police will reopen the investigation if there is new evidence.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today said there was “nothing fishy” in the police probe into the alleged sexual assault case against PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

“Nothing insidious, nothing fishy about it. It is a straightforward (case).

“It happened so long time ago. One or two years. It’s difficult, we need the physical evidence and all,” he told reporters at a press conference at Police Training Centre, here.

He said there was a lack of physical evidence and this was among the reasons the case was dropped by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

He said it did not matter whether the complainant, Anwar’s former research assistant Muhammad Yusoff Rawther, was telling the truth as what was needed was corroborative evidence.

“What is the corroborative evidence that we have. That’s the problem.”

He said the AGC’s decision not to prosecute anyone was based on the findings by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“Until and unless other new evidence surfaces, then we can reopen the case,” he said.

Hamid was also asked about the four-hour polygraph test carried out by Bukit Aman police on Yusoff on Dec 9.

He said the polygraph test helped with the probe, especially to determine if Yusoff was telling the truth.

Hamid said it would be a waste of time to carry out an investigation if Yusoff was lying and “if he was speaking the truth, then we would try to look for evidence”.

He also said that according to the country’s laws, a polygraph test could not be used as evidence in court. “The AGC has also said that if we take the case to court, they will lose. It will be a waste of time.”

Yusoff, 26, filed a statutory declaration in November last year accusing Anwar of sexual misconduct. He claimed that the abuse took place while he was still working for PKR on Oct 2, 2018. He subsequently lodged a police report on Dec 7.

Anwar has since denied the allegation and has given his statement to the police last December.