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Mohd Saiful withdraws suit over sodomy case against Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan today withdrew his RM50 million suit against the former over the Sodomy II case.

Anwar's lawyer Latheefa Koya told the media that there was no reason given by Mohd Saiful's lawyer Zamri Idrus on the withdrawal and Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan recorded the withdrawal order.

She said the court vacated the trial date scheduled for Aug 10 to 25 this year.

Latheefa said today the case was fixed for case management and when the case was called up, Zamri informed the court that his client wanted to withdraw the suit.

"Mohd Saiful was not present today," she told the media after the case was mentioned in chambers.

On June 23 last year, Mohd Saiful, 30, filed the suit seeking RM50 million in damages, citing physical trauma and agony since 2008 as a result of being sodomised by Anwar.

In his statement of claim, Mohd Saiful claimed that Anwar had accused him of defaming and conspiring against him in his police report alleging sodomy on June 28, 2008.

Mohd Saiful contended that he never lied in the police report about being sodomised by Anwar, and that the last sodomy incident took place on June 26, 2008, at a unit of the Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setia Kasih, here.

The plaintiff claimed that he was looked down by the community who believed Anwar's allegations against him and ridiculed in social websites.

On Jan 21 this year, the High Court granted Mohd Saiful's application to amend his statement of claim to add more details regarding Anwar's allegations against him over his (Mohd Saiful's) police report on the sodomy incident.

Anwar in his statement of defence filed on Oct 8 last year denied sodomising Mohd Saiful and said the allegations were false.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison after failing to obtain a royal pardon for sodomy.

On Feb 10, the Federal Court had rejected his appeal and affirmed his conviction and sentence for sodomising Mohd Saiful.


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