Police will call in several more people for questioning over claims that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim had sexually assaulted a former staffer, said federal police Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamad.
When asked if any politicians were going to be called up, Huzir said: “Yes, they include politicians.”
The senior police officer, however, declined to furnish other details, including identities of those whom police are seeking information from.
Huzir said police have questioned eight people, including Anwar and his accuser Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who used to work as a researcher at the PKR president’s office.
He also said police will use a polygraph test in the investigation.
Earlier, Yusoff’s lawyer, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, said his client was ready to take a polygraph test to prove his claims against Anwar.
“My client confirmed with me yesterday, December 15, that in order to assist the police in carrying out a fair, thorough and just investigation on his report dated December 7, he is willing and ready to carry out a polygraph test at any time, date and venue to be decided by the police,” said Haniff in a statement.
Yusoff lodged a police report that Anwar allegedly sexually assaulted him more than a year ago.
He had earlier made a statutory declaration that Anwar allegedly tried to force Yusoff to perform sexual acts on him at his home in Bukit Segambut on October 2 last year.
The statutory declaration was widely shared on social media and chat groups on December 4, the same day Yusoff held a press conference on the matter.
Anwar has denied the claims.
The police are investigating the case under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or using criminal force to outrage the modesty of another person, which is punishable with jail up to 10 years, or a fine, or whipping, or any two such penalties.