Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Anwar Ibrahim has filed a complaint with the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) on what he claimed was slander by a former aide who has accused Anwar of sodomising him.
Anwar, who was companied by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and his lawyer Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman, lodged the complaint with the investigation unit of the Jawi Enforcement Division at the Jawi office at 10.15 am (Thursday, July 10).
He said he filed the complaint to have the accusation against him investigated under the Federal Territory Syariah Criminal Offences Act 1997, on the advice of several "ulama" (religious scholars) who had also advised him not to subject himself to "mubahalah" (malediction).
"I have lodged a complaint to seek to have the case brought to the Syariah Enforcement Division to clear my name and that of my family from the malicious and humiliating slander.
"It was on the advice of ulama that this matter has been brought (for investigation) under the "Qazaf" law and provision," he told reporters after lodging the complaint. (Qazaf means to wrongfully accuse a man or woman of adultery or homosexuality.)
Anwar's former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, lodged a report on June 28 at the Jalan Traverse police station accusing Anwar of having sodomised him, and was reportedly prepared to subject himself to malediction in the matter.
Anwar, when asked why he had sought to have the matter investigated under Syariah law, said: "I am not prohibiting the investigation under civil law. This is only to clear my name."
Anwar's lawyer, Kamar Ainiah, said her client had asked the Enforcement Division to expedite the investigation for an early decision to have the case brought to the Syariah Court.
She said Anwar wanted the case to be handled under Section 41 of the Federal Territory Syariah Criminal Offences Act 1997.
The section referred to Qazaf offences, and conviction would result in a jail term of three years or a fine of RM5,000 or both, she said.
Kamar Ainiah said Anwar wanted the matter to be referred to the Syariah Court because of the absence of a similar provision under civil law.