Sex video genuine in Anwar case: Malaysian police

Last Updated: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 19:31

Kuala Lumpur: A sex video allegedly featuring Malaysia`s leading opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is not doctored, the police has ruled after analysis by
experts, but has refused to confirm the identity of the person in the secretly filmed tape.

Malaysia`s Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar
said the video was found to be genuine by experts who have
handed over the full report on the video to the police but
refused to elaborate further.

"The most important thing is that we have received the
report and we know it is genuine," he told a press conference
here.

However, the police chief refused to reveal the
identity of the person featured in video, which some people
have alleged is Ibrahim.

The leader of the opposition alliance, 62-year-old
Ibrahim, embroiled in a sodomy trial, had immediately denied
he was the person in the video after reports said that the
unidentified person with a prostitute resembled him.

He also filed a police report over the video.
Ismail said police were expected to hand over the
investigation papers to the Attorney-General soon for further
action.

Ismail said police had recorded statements from all
parties involved in the screening of the sex video to the
media.

"We called in everyone to have their statements
recorded, including media representatives who watched the sex
video," he said.

More than 20 newsmen were called to Carcosa Seri
Negara, a colonial style botique hotel, here on March 21 to
view the controversial video that has intrigued the nation.

The 22-minute video was revealed by former Malacca
chief minister Rahim Tamby Chik and two others.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said
that no one had been arrested over the video and investigation
was on based on opposition leader Ibrahim`s police report.
Asked why the three men who had shown the video to the
journalists were not arrested, Hishammuddin said he did not
know but added that if it warranted an arrest, the police
would arrest them.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 19:31

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