Yusoff takes lie detector test at Bukit Aman over sexual assault

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

FORMER Yayasan Aman staff Muhammed Yusoff Rawther (picture) was believed to have taken a polygraph test at the Bukit Aman police headquarters yesterday, as investigations on his allegation of being sexually assaulted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim continues.

Muhammed Yusoff, who was accompanied by his lawyer Datuk Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, arrived at Bukit Aman at 2.43pm.

Donning a red T-Shirt and jeans, Muhammed Yusoff looked calm and smiled as he passed the members of the press before entering the police HQ main entrance with Mohamed Haniff.

When asked how long the process would take, Mohamed Haniff said: “We have no information on that, but hopefully it will not be prolonged.”

After almost five hours, there was no sign of Muhammed Yusoff and his lawyer leaving the building, as it was believed that the test was still ongoing.

In a statement on Monday, Mohamed Haniff said his client was willing to undergo a polygraph test to prove that he has a case against the PKR president.

The lawyer said the test would assist police in carrying out a fair and thorough investigation into the allegation, following a report lodged by Muhammed Yusoff on Dec 7.

“He is ready to undergo a polygraph test at any time, date and venue to be decided by the police,” Mohamed Haniff said in the statement.

The initiative was also made in response to an article in a news portal claiming that investigators were considering a polygraph test as an option to zero in on allegations levelled against Anwar.

Earlier, Muhammed Yusoff alleged that Anwar had outraged his modesty on Oct 2 last year.

Muhammed Yusoff filed a statutory declaration on his claim in November, and subsequently lodged a police report on Dec 7. Police recorded Muhammed Yusoff’s statement on Dec 9 and 10.

On Dec 12, Anwar said his statement was taken by the police at 4pm in Bukit Aman.

The Port Dickson MP denied Muhammed Yusoff’s allegation and said that he was also ready to assist the investigation.

Muhammed Yusoff was a staff of Yayasan Aman, a foundation that is headed by Anwar.

On the polygraph test result, the lawyer said Muhammed Yusoff was aware that it was up to the court to decide if it is admissible.

“Muhammed Yusoff is aware that similar to other forensic tests, there are no specific provisions of laws which provided for the conduct of polygraph tests in criminal investigations, but he believes that the availability of such technology within our jurisdiction, should be put to use in this investigation,” he said.

The accusation is being investigated 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 of up to 10 years, or a fine, or whipping, or any two such penalties.