Sex video: NGO submits forensic report to S'gor palace, wants Azmin axed as minister

6 Sep 2019, 11:39 am

Updated a year ago


An NGO has submitted a forensic report on the sex video which has been linked to Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali to the Selangor palace.

Pertubuhan Bangkit dan Gerak Padu Selangor (Bangkit) president Shahrin Azlan said the NGO is appealing to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to advise for the removal of Azmin from the cabinet.

He said this is because the PKR deputy president's state assembly and parliamentary constituencies are located in the state. Azmin was also the former Selangor menteri besar.

“The people, especially in Selangor, are disappointed that the prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) has not taken action despite the forensic report submitted to the Prime Minister's Office.

“This is not a trivial matter... It concerns the integrity of the nation, the integrity of an elected representative...This is most embarrassing and disappointing.

“Is the prime minister turning a blind eye and deaf ear to this issue? Enough. Action must be taken to remove Azmin from the cabinet with immediate effect because other countries are laughing at us,” he was quoted as saying by Umno Online.

Shahrin was speaking to reporters after submitting the forensic report to Sultan Sharafuddin's private secretary Munir Banir at Istana Bukit Kayangan in Shah Alam.

Contacted by Malaysiakini later, he said the forensic report was from the Birmingham-based Verden Forensics, which had been hired by Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam.

On Sunday, the police said it had received the forensic report from Lokman.

Prior to this, the Umno man also hired Indonesian experts to analyse the video and claimed that the findings confirmed that the two men seen engaging in sexual acts were Azmin and former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.

Haziq had confessed to being the other person in the recording. He claimed that his tryst with Azmin was recorded without his consent in a hotel room in Sandakan, Sabah.

Police also said the case is still being investigated under Sections 377B and 292 of the Penal Code, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA).

Sections 377B and 292 of the Penal Code deal with carnal intercourse against the order of nature and the dissemination of obscene material, respectively. Section 233 of the CMA pertains to the improper use of a network service or application.

AG criticised

Meanwhile, Shahrin criticised Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for not acting on the matter and asked if the latter was afraid to do so.

Prior to this, Bangkit submitted the forensic report to the Prime Minister's Office last week and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong two days ago.

In July, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said that Cybersecurity Malaysia confirmed that the video was authentic but the facial recognition process failed to link Azmin to the video.

He had also claimed that a leader of a political party was the mastermind behind the plot to tarnish the reputation of the minister, and that a substantial amount had been spent on producing the recording.

Yesterday, more clips were released using the same modus operandi where journalists and politicians were added to Whatsapp groups by anonymous individuals.

Azmin has maintained that the video is part of a nefarious campaign to ruin his political career and its circulation was speculated to be related to his feud with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, whose political aide Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak was among those arrested in connection with the case, has denied any involvement in the matter.

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