KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Authorities should also investigate the individuals involved in the sex video allegedly implicating PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, his own party said today.
PKR said the police probe should not just be limited to the authenticity of the said sex video as well as those responsible for sharing it, but also the individuals themselves who were in the video.
“The authorities should be given the space to transparently and justly investigate the matter and to include two important aspects. Firsty the authenticity of the video by determining the individuals involved the video, under Section 377B of the Penal Code.
“Secondly, the spreading of pornographic material under the Section 292 (A) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said in a statement.
Section 377B of the Penal Code deals with cases of voluntarily committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature, while Section 292 of the same Code pertains to disseminating obscene material. Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 deals with the improper use of network facilities or network service.
Saifuddin said the investigation has to include the two mentioned aspects, to put a stop on the issue and does not continue to be the talk of the town in the nation.
He added that the party will act accordingly in line with its constitution against the persons found guilty, once the final charges has been decided by the authorities.
“PKR will not intervene in the investigation process in the two matters.
“However, the party reminds the authorities that the investigation has to be done transparently as according to the said laws,” he said.
Yesterday afternoon, the federal police had arrested three men in Johor, one of them identified as the PKR’s Perak leader and political secretary to its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.
The 37-year-old was picked-up with two other men, aged 28 and 34, by a joint federal police team at a house in Bandar Seri Alam in Masai, near Pasir Gudang yesterday afternoon.
A source close to the case told Malay Mail that police will be applying for a remand order today for the three and investigations will be under Section 377B, Section 292 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Following Farhash’s arrest, Anwar today had told Azmin to resign from the latter’s Cabinet post immediately if he is indeed found to be the other man in the viral sex video said to feature PKR’s former Santubong Youth chief, Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.
On Sunday night, Haziq and the five suspects were arrested in a police operation at multiple locations in the Klang Valley to assist investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. Two have been identified as PKR members.
The day before that, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador announced that investigators have learned the identities of those behind the sex videos.
The sex clips first emerged in May and PKR expelled Haziq then claimed he was one of two men in them and accused Azmin of being the other.
Azmin has consistently rejected the allegation while PKR sacked Haziq earlier this month.