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PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has defended his boss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over a fresh allegation of sexual assault made against the latter yesterday. - NST FILE PIC

MELAKA: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has defended his boss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over a fresh allegation of sexual assault made against the latter yesterday.

Speaking to the media after officiating PKR Women and Youth wings’ congress here, Azmin described the claim as a slander to tarnish Anwar’s image.

“Anwar has already explained the matter and as the deputy president, I will defend Anwar because our party, from the very beginning, rejects gutter politics.

“Anyone who disagrees on something should hold debates over their dispute, instead of making slanders.

“Whoever is involved in this (alleged slander) must be punished because we want a 'clean' society, free from such dirty (politicking),” he said.

Muhammad Yusoff Rawther, 26, via a sworn declaration on Wednesday, had claimed that he had been sexually assaulted by Anwar during his time working as a researcher with the latter.

The assault allegedly took place at Anwar’s house.

Yusoff had alleged that there had been no action by the authorities despite furnishing a medical report confirming injuries that he allegedly sustained.

Anwar in a statement today had denied Yusoff’s allegations, saying that during the alleged offence, he was busy with the Port Dickson by-election campaign rounds as well as other functions. -- Reports by Ahmad Fairuz Othman, Syed Umar Ariff, Hana Naz Harun and Arfa Yunus

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