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Court awards RM200,000 to Anwar’s former staff in suit against press aide

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Shah Alam, Oct 19 — The Shah Alam High Court has ordered an aide to Anwar Ibrahim to pay RM200,000 in damages to a former staff member of the PKR president, following a defamation suit over remarks related to an assault report against another of the politician’s aides.

According to MalaysiaNow, Tunku Nashrul Tunku Abaidah, Anwar’s press secretary, was also ordered to issue a public apology to Muhammed Yusoff Rawther over his media statement in 2019, where he denied an assault incident which Yusoff claimed had taken place at Anwar’s office.

Yusoff’s solicitors Messrs Haniff Khatri Abdulla, in a statement issued this evening, said the defendant was also ordered to pay RM25,000 in costs to Yusoff.

Nashrul had also accused Yusoff of having disciplinary issues and drug problems.

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The remarks were made in the wake of a police report lodged by Yusoff, claiming that he was physically attacked by Anwar’s then political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.

Yusoff also filed a separate civil suit against Farhash, claiming compensation for injuries sustained after the alleged assault.

Yusoff, who worked at Anwar’s Bukit Gasing bungalow office in Petaling Jaya as a research assistant, also filed a suit against the PKR president accusing him of sexually assaulting him some time in October 2018, days before the opposition leader won the Port Dickson by-election.

Yusoff claimed to have suffered serious physical, psychological and social trauma as a result of the incident. The matter is still pending in court.

In his decision today, judge Dato Ishak Bakri, who said the plaintiff had proven the case against the defendant, also slapped Nashrul with an injunction barring him from repeating the allegations against Yusoff.

NMT