Accompanied by a lawyer who had previously acted for Dr Mahathir, Muhammed Yusoff Rawther who accused Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of making sexual advances against him was under police questioning at Bukit Aman today, while Anwar’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh was also there but for a separate matter.
The 26-year-old grandson of consumer rights pioneer, the late SM Mohamed Idris, was accompanied by lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla when he arrived at the federal police headquarters at about 1pm.
Haniff had previously acted for Dr Mahathir Mohamad as well.
Yusoff went public with his accusation against Anwar last week, claiming in a statutory declaration (SD) that the incident happened at the PKR president’s Segambut house on October 2 last year.
Anwar has denied the sex allegation, pointing out that he was busy campaigning for the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election in Negri Sembilan at that time, which he subsequently won then.
It was also reported that lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, who is acting for Anwar, disclosed that his legal team was unsuccessful in serving a letter of demand on Yusoff.
Ramkarpal, who is also Bukit Gelugor MP and the DAP legal bureau chief, said the letter was sent to Yusoff’s Penang address as listed in his SD, but returned undelivered.
“The letter was returned to my office with the note that he doesn’t reside there.
“We will send the notice once we get his official address. If he has a lawyer, the other alternative is to pass it to his lawyer,” Ramkarpal was quoted saying earlier.
Later, he said that had he known that Yusoff was at the Bukit Aman police headquarters to give a statement on Anwar’s alleged sexual misconduct, he would have brought the letter of demand.
“If I had known he’d be here, I would have brought the notice of demand,” he added, and said the notice could also be given to Haniff if he had received instructions from Yusoff to accept it on his behalf.
Ramkarpal, who arrived at Bukit Aman some three hours after Yusoff and his lawyer, was there to accompany DAP’s Ronnie Liu who is being investigated over a gathering of former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) members.
He told reporters that Liu was called in as a witness in the probe into the meeting of CPM ex-members.
The case is being investigated under Section 505C of the Penal Code for incitement between communities.
“Ronnie gave his full cooperation,” he added.