Kuala Lumpur, Sept 9 — The Kuala Lumpur High Court has given Anwar Ibrahim until Sept 28 to file his defense against a suit by his former staff, accusing the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman of sexual assault.
The decision was made by deputy registrar Ida Mas Liza Maarof during case management for the suit today, with the next session fixed on Oct 29.
The court also gave Muhammed Yusoff Rawther until Oct 13 to file a reply to the defense, with any interlocutory applications to be filed before the next case management date on Oct 29, said lawyer Mahajoth Singh who appeared for Yusoff.
On July 15, Yusoff, 28, filed a precedent-setting lawsuit containing shocking details of an incident at Anwar’s home in Bukit Segambut, which he said took place about 10 days before the politician won the Port Dickson by-election on Oct 13, 2018.
He said he had suffered serious trauma as well as physical, psychological, and sociological disturbances as a result of the incident.
Yusoff is seeking a court declaration that the PKR leader had committed the sexual assault, as well as general, exemplary, and aggravated damages which include the cost of the therapy sessions he is currently attending.