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Friday, April 29, 2011

Shazryl takes sex video oath

Shazryl takes the oath flanked by Rahim (left) and Shuib. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah performed the sumpah laknatoath today by swearing in God’s name that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the man featured in a sex video that was recently shown to journalists.

Shazryl, together with former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim, arrived at Masjid Amru Al-As amid heavy security.

The three appeared to be wearing bullet-proof vests beneath their traditional baju Melayu.

Shazryl took the oath on behalf of “Datuk T”, the nickname the trio behind the latest sex scandal had adopted.

“I swear today that I and Anwar Ibrahim were in the video on February 21, 2011 and Anwar is the actor (in the video).

“If what I said today is false, then may Allah curse me,” he said to a witnessing imam while holding the Quran.

After the oath-taking rite ended, the trio were whisked away before they could speak to reporters.

FRU officers guarded the trio’s vehicles as they entered their cars and drove away, leaving behind chasing photographers and cameramen.

Earlier, emotions ran high as PKR supporters waited for Shazryl’s arrival at the mosque after Friday prayers.

Shazryl, a key protagonist behind the sex video allegedly featuring Anwar, challenged the opposition leader yesterday to join him and swear his innocence in the controversy.

Today, hundreds crowded in an enclosed praying area circling Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi) officials sitting on the floor in front of the iman’s mimbar (rostrum).

The crowd began shouting “Liar”, “arrest him” and “Allah is great” while some began kicking the sitting officials, who included the Jawi director.

PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin told the crowd that swearing in God’s name was unIslamic while holding a booklet on the Qazaf — the Islamic ordinance on false accusations — in one hand.

“This is not the way. We want the Jawi director to read about Qazaf in this book.

“We want Qazaf!” he said to the roaring crowd.

The situation grew heated when plainclothes police officers tried to pull PKR supporters away, resulting in a shoving match.

As the crowd tried to diffuse the situation, Shamsul and his followers began praying nearby.

Then, the management of the mosque announced through the loudspeakers that the oath-taking ceremony has been cancelled and asked everybody to disperse.

“Please respect this sacred place of worship and leave. I do not want anything to happen here. You want to bring this outside the mosque, then go ahead,” one official said.

Shazryl, who has insisted the man in the 21-minute video is Anwar, announced at a press conference yesterday that he was willing to swear on his convictions together with Anwar.

However Anwar decided to ignore Shazryl’s challenge and was not present.

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