Anwar maintains he did not sodomise Mohd Saiful

KUALA LUMPUR - Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has maintained in his statement of defence that he did not sodomise his former employee Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

In his defence filed yesterday, the Permatang Pauh MP claimed that on June 26, 2008, he had attended a meeting at a condominium unit in Damansara and the plaintiff came to deliver a letter to him.

Anwar said sodomy did not occur and the allegation against him was not true.

He alleged that the police report made against him had a hidden agenda and tarnished his political career.

Mohd Saiful is suing his former employer Anwar for allegedly misusing his position and influence to sodomise him.

He claimed that Anwar had ruined his good name and reputation when the Opposition Leader alleged that he (Mohd Saiful) had slandered him in his police report over the sodomy incident.

He is seeking RM50 million (S$20 million) in damages in his lawsuit which was filed on June 25 this year.

He also lodged a police report here on June 28, 2008, that Anwar had sodomised him.

The Court of Appeal had on March 7 found Anwar guilty of sodomising his former aide in 2008 and jailed him for five years.

The Federal Court will hear Anwar's appeal on Oct 28.

High Court judicial commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan fixed Nov 18 for further case management to enable Saiful to reply to Anwar's defence.