Gombak Setia rep sues human rights lawyer over rape involvement claim

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Gombak Setia assemblyperson Muhammad Hilman Idham has filed a defamation suit against a lawyer who represents an alleged rape victim.

The Bersatu Gombak division youth chief claimed that Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi had made defamatory remarks alleging his involvement in the case at a press conference on Aug 11, 2021.

“The defendant’s (Asheeq) statement had implied that the plaintiff (Hilman) was involved in the alleged rape against a woman.

“The statement was done in bad faith as he tried to lower the plaintiff’s reputation as a politician,” Hilman said in his statement of claim, adding that the alleged statement was reported in several news websites such as Sinar Harian, Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today, and The Malaysian Insight.

Hilman said his legal team from Hafiz Ruzaini & Co had sent a letter of demand to Asheeq on Aug 13, 2021, demanding an apology.

However, he said Asheeq refused to comply.

Hilman is seeking damages and an order to compel Asheeq to apologise.

Hilman won the Gombak Setia state seat in Selangor on a Pakatan Harapan ticket during the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

However, he later crossed over from Harapan to Perikatan Nasional (PN) when he left PKR for Bersatu. He previously held the post of deputy chief of PKR’s youth wing.

Asheeq is currently a PKR member.

Hilman is also the political secretary of International Trade and Industry Minister Azmin Ali and PN Youth’s information chief.

Previously, Asheeq had been reported as saying the woman, who claimed she was raped by Hilman’s friends, was contemplating filing a civil suit against the alleged perpetrators.

The woman demanded the authorities press charges against them.

A man, known as Mohd Zulfahimin Mahdzir, was charged in the Kuala Lumpur sessions court on Sept 3 with raping the woman in December 2020.

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