PETALING JAYA: The lawyer representing Syariah chief judge Mohd Na’im Mokhtar believes former Umno leader Lokman Noor Adam is being “used” by certain parties to tarnish his client’s reputation with a sexual harassment allegation.
Na’im’s lawyer, Akberdin Abdul Kader, said these individuals had also “orchestrated” the whole incident by “using the lady” to get his client removed from his position.
In a police report last month, a married woman claimed that she found the judge naked in her bedroom when he visited her home in August 2020.
Lokman’s Facebook video on Monday detailing the allegations has now seen him being issued with a letter of demand for defamation by Akberdin’s firm, with the lawyer telling FMT that he was confident the former Umno man was not working alone.
Na’im denied the sexual harassment allegation in a police report he lodged yesterday, during which he also called for police to take action against Lokman.
Stating that there were those in his department who wanted to topple him and seize his position, Na’im also provided the police with the names of these individuals.
“Our focus is on Lokman, and depending on how far we will go next, we will then decide on the next course of action,” said Akberdin when asked if his client planned on suing the individuals.
“There are people who are jealous of him. He (Na’im) rose to the top very fast and he bypassed these people, so they are jealous.
“We will prepare the writ of summons next week and then through that, we will get more details on who used him (Lokman).
“We are still studying who is behind these allegations, and later on when he (Lokman) wants to settle, we will ask him for more details as per the terms of our settlement.”
In a police report filed last month, the complainant, a 57-year-old woman whose husband was bedridden at that time, claimed that Na’im visited her family home close to midnight in August 2020 and asked permission to use the master bedroom to perform his prayers.
In her complaint, she said she was concerned when the man remained in the bedroom for a long time and decided to check on him and was shocked to find him sleeping naked on her bed.
Akberdin claimed the individuals had previously tried to topple Na’im by implicating him with another woman, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
“His reputation has been terribly damaged, so we have to act fast and show our force,” said Akberdin.
“Lokman has no proof or evidence. My client holds such a high position that Lokman has to make sure that he is telling the truth and nothing but the truth.”