AIDCNews – 12/11/11 – Police investigation into the sex video scandal allegedly involving a prostitute has galvanised the whole PKR machinery into action to save Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s image.
During a media conference held Friday, PKR strong man Sivarasah Rasiah and N.Surendran looked as though they have been directed to beat the war drums even louder so that investigations into the case would be halted.
Initially just a personal case involving Anwar with the prostitute at an apartment in Ampang on February 21, 2011, the case has since taken on a whole new dimension that required the concerted assistance of the whole PKR machinery.
The case started off with some individuals who called themselves ‘Datuk T’ screening a video allegedly implicating an opposition political leader at the Seri Makmur Room, Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur between 10 am and 12 noon on March 21, 2011.
Although ‘Datuk T’ did not name the person depicted in the sex video, Anwar on the afternoon of March 21 hurriedly called an emergency media conference at the PKR headquarters to deny that he was the man in the sex video.
Instead of putting a stop to the issue, Anwar’s denial had raised more questions.
The following day, on March 22, Anwar quickly lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters, in which he described the actions by ‘Datuk T’ in showing the video as criminal intimidation or criminal threat as well as an attempt to defame him and his family.
The report had raised other questions because he only focused on the screening of the video and not the identity of the man featured in it.
Kulim- Bandar Baharu Member of Parliament, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin said Anwar’s hasty reaction, which culminated in the police report being made was a big mistake – one that would only damage him further.
At 4 pm on March 23, 2011, two individuals comprising Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah held a media conference at Hotel Impiana, KLCC, where they admitted being part of the ‘Datuk T’ trio. The third person, Datuk Shuib Lazim was not present at the conference.
During the media conference Shazryl Eskay claimed responsibility for screening the video at Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara. He admitted being with Anwar on February 21 as was recorded in the said video.
Eskay challenged Anwar to perform the muhaballah (oath) to prove his innocence.
Although the challenged was echoed by many, Anwar, nevertheless refused to do so, instead it was Eskay, accompanied by Rahim and Shuib who took the sacred oath at Masjid Amru Al-As, Bandar Baru Sentul on April 29, 2011.
“…wallahi, wabillah, watallahi, I swear that I was with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the video, which was recorded on February 21, 2011. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the man in the said video…and if by saying so I am being slanderous, Allah will condemn me to damnation,” swore Eskay.
On June 24, Eskay, Rahim and Shuib pleaded guilty at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court for showing the video clip, which was classified as an obscene material at Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara on March 21.
Eskay was fined RM3, 000, Shuib RM1, 500, and Rahim RM1, 000.
Along with the sentencing of those guilty of the offence, the identity of the person alleged to have fornicated with the prostitute in the video was also revealed – it was Anwar Ibrahim.
Since the perpetrators (who screened the video) had been sentenced, public rumblings demanding for action to be taken on the man in the video became louder, as he had made a false police report.
And so, yesterday the action by two of Anwar’s lawyers to call for the media conference demanding that the police stop their investigation was tantamount to going against the principles of justice.
Sivarasa, who is a PKR political bureau member and a human rights lawyer, said the investigation would begin at 3 pm Wednesday at the Kepong Police Station.
He said the police was investigating Anwar under Section 182 of the Penal Code for providing false information with the intent to have public officers use their authority under the law to bring to book another party.
“This is a conspiracy by UMNO to put an end to Anwar’s career, besides to shift attention from the bigger issues they are facing, namely corruption scandals and misuse of the rakyat’s money,” he said.
The other lawyer, N.Surendran, who is also a PKR vice president, on the other hand, used the media conference to attack the police and the Attorney-General’s Office, whom he claimed were ‘conspirators’ to have Anwar thrown into jail.
“Its vice president, N.Surendran said the investigation was yet another meticulously-planned conspiracy involving the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail.
“All this investigation and charges are nothing more than a conspiracy deliberately planned earlier on to have Anwar imprisoned.
“The conspiracy is also using government institutions, including the police and the Attorney-General’s Office,” he said as reported by KeadilanDaily.
In view of that, both PKR activists called on the government, the IGP and the Attorney-General to immediately put a stop all investigations into the matter.