Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is not going to face fees over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors stated Tuesday, the most recent such scandal to tarnish the veteran politician’s profession.
Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, final month, accused Mr. Ibrahim of attempting to power him to have intercourse and filed a police criticism, however officers stated there was not sufficient proof to make a legal case.
Mr. Ibrahim, seen because the probably successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, spent virtually a decade in jail after being convicted of sodomising a younger male aide, allegations that supporters say had been geared toward ruining his political profession.
Intercourse between males stays unlawful underneath colonial-era legal guidelines within the Muslim-majority nation.
Mr. Ibrahim was launched from jail and pardoned in 2018 after his alliance stormed to a shock victory in opposition to a corruption-plagued coalition that had dominated the nation since independence from Britain in 1957.
However political tensions have escalated sharply, with Mr. Ibrahim’s nemesis-turned-ally Mahathir refusing to say when he’ll hand over energy, and harsh infighting erupting in his Folks’s Justice Social gathering (PKR).
After finishing investigations, the attorney-general’s workplace stated “insufficient evidence” and “contradictions of material facts” meant they’d not proceed with a prosecution.
“We agree with the recommendation of (the police) that the case be closed,” stated solicitor-general Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek in a press release.
Neither Mr. Ibrahim — who denied the allegations — nor Mr. Rawther had been named within the assertion nevertheless it was broadly reported to discuss with the case.
Mr. Ibrahim was first thrown in jail within the 1990s after being sacked from his place in authorities by Mahathir, who was in his first stint as premier on the time, and their stormy relationship has loomed over Malaysian politics ever since.
In 2015, he was jailed for a second time on sodomy fees and launched solely after final 12 months’s elections.
Mahathir and Mr. Ibrahim reconciled forward of the polls in a bid to oust the scandal-mired Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition of then premier Najib Razak.