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Thursday, March 31, 2011

No arrests over sex video yet, says Hishammuddin


March 31, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The police have yet to arrest anyone in their ongoing investigation of the video that surfaced on March 21, purportedly showing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a foreign prostitute, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

“As far as I know, there have been no arrests yet,” the home minister told reporters.

News reports had said that former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay were arrested last Friday after taking responsibility for the 21-minute video that was screened on March 21, and subsequently released on bail.

However, both had denied that they had been arrested despite being held for questioning for five hours last Thursday.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar had also said that there was not enough evidence to arrest the duo, who along with Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim, are collectively “Datuk T” who screened the video to reporters on March 21.

“You have to ask the prosecutor or the police,” Hishammuddin(picture) said when asked if “Datuk T” would be arrested for possession and screening of obscene material.

He added that investigations were proceeding based on Anwar’s police report filed on March 22.

The opposition leader has denied being the man in the video and accused Hishammuddin and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of being involved in the video.

Hishammuddin has reportedly prepared to sue Anwar over the claim, and stressed again today that the police were not involved in the release of the video.

He said he has not interfered in the investigation and it was up to the police to proceed with their work as normal, when asked if foreign forensic experts would be called in to help with the probe.

The Umno vice-president also said the investigation will not affect calls for a royal commission of inquiry into the matter, or vice versa, and eventually the government would do what was necessary to find the truth. - Malaysian Insider

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