Sodomy: Anwar turns to syariah courts
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim today turned to the syariah courts to clear his name on the sodomy allegation made by his former aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Anwar, who was accompanied by his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, filed a complaint against Saiful with the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi).
The complaint, referred to as a qazaf, is to request for a probe into ‘false allegations’ pertaining to adultery or sexual misconduct.
Anwar also reiterated that he does not need to swear on the Quran to prove his innocence.
"I have sought the advice of ulama (Islamic scholars) and they told me that it was unnecessary to swear on the Quran to prove my innocence," he told reporters.
Last Friday, Anwar was challenged by Putera Umno to swear on the Quran to prove that he never sodomised Saiful.
Anwar’s lawyer Kamel Ainiah Kamaruzaman, who was also present, said that under Islamic law, it was incumbent upon the accuser - not the accused - to swear on the Quran.