Accuser challenges Malaysia’s Anwar to make oath in mosque

5 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — The young man who has accused Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy said Friday he had visited a mosque to swear he was telling the truth and challenged Anwar to do the same.

The move came a day before Anwar is due to register for a by-election in his home state of Penang that is expected to return him to parliament despite the charge — the same allegation that saw him jailed for six years until 2004.

Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old former volunteer in the opposition leader’s office, denied he was laying down the challenge in an attempt to derail Anwar’s chances in the August 26 by-election.

“No it is not a political matter,” he told a press conference where he played a video of him sitting at a city mosque making the oath on the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

“It is just by coincidence that I made the oath today. God gave me the strength to do it,” he said.

“By swearing in God’s home’s that I was sodomised by my employer, I challenge Anwar Ibrahim to swear and to do it in a mosque, to deny my allegations.” [more]

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