Anwar’s former research assistant files sexual assault suit

KUALA LUMPUR: Muhammad Yusoff Rawther, a former research assistant to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has filed a suit against the PKR president for allegedly sexually assaulting him three years ago.

He filed the suit through law firm Messrs Abd Halim Ushah & Associates at the High Court yesterday.

In the statement of claim, sighted by The Star, the 28-year-old claimed the incident happened at Anwar’s residence in Segambut on Oct 2, 2018.

At that time, the plaintiff claimed he was asked by the defendant’s private secretary Shukri Saad to deliver the text for a speech that Anwar was to use at an event organised by the Indian High Commission in celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.

The plaintiff claimed that Anwar sexually assaulted him and used lewd words despite the plaintiff asking him to stop.

The plaintiff claimed that after he shot down the advances, the defendant finally gave up but indicated that he wanted to repeat it.

Before leaving, the plaintiff claimed to have told the defendant that he would not be in a room alone with the defendant anymore.

Later on the same day, the plaintiff claimed Shukri had asked him to bring a copy of the speech to the event where the defendant ignored the plaintiff.

Muhammed Yusoff claimed there was no communication between him and the defendant after the incident for a month despite the plaintiff still working at the defendant’s office.

The plaintiff was later transferred to Aman Foundation before his subsequent resignation on June 24, 2019.

Muhammed Yusoff said he lodged a police report against the defendant on Dec 7, 2019, and took a lie detector test at Bukit Aman on Dec 17 that same year.

He claimed Anwar refused to go for the lie detector test.

Muhammed Yusoff also claimed that the Attorney General’s Chambers had issued a statement saying there was insufficient evidence to charge the defendant and at the same time the plaintiff had to face public contempt and ridicule.

As a result, the plaintiff said the incident affected his mental health where he had to get professional help to process and overcome the trauma. The plaintiff stated that he is still undergoing therapy to this day and has to pay RM180 per session.

Muhammed Yusoff is seeking a court declaration that the defendant had committed sexual assault and trespass during the alleged incident.

He is also seeking special, general, aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as interest, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

According to Bernama, lawyer Mahajoth Singh, who represented Muhammed Yusoff, confirmed that the suit was filed yesterday and that they had yet to serve the writ of the summons on Anwar.

“We are awaiting to extract the sealed writ (to serve on Anwar). No date has been fixed by the court (over the suit) so far,” he added.

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