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Anwar's political secretary among trio nabbed over sex video scandal, says source

JOHOR BARU — The politician nabbed by federal police in Johor on Tuesday (July 16) to assist investigations into the sex video scandal targeting Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali has been identified as PKR’s Perak leader.

Anwar's political secretary among trio nabbed over sex video scandal, says source

Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz is pictured leaving Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2019.

JOHOR BARU — The politician nabbed by federal police in Johor on Tuesday (July 16) to assist investigations into the sex video scandal targeting Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali has been identified as PKR’s Perak leader.

Last month, a series of clips showing two men engaging in sexual acts were released on WhatsApp. Haziq subsequently said he was one of the men in the videos and that Mr Azmin was the other.

Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who is the political secretary to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and is also the party’s Kuala Kangsar division chief, was among three men arrested on Tuesday, a source close to the investigation said.

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 on Tuesday afternoon.

“A Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department team consisting of the classified crime investigations and organised crime investigation units raided the house at 3pm based on information.

“All three suspects were then brought to the Seri Alam district police headquarters for documentation and processing before being escorted to Kuala Lumpur,” said the source on condition of anonymity to Malay Mail on Wednesday.

The same source said the other two men, one from Sabah and another from Selangor, were also arrested to assist the ongoing probe into the sex video scandal.

It was learnt that the two younger suspects are PKR Youth members.

“A couple who are the house owners and another man, aged between 35 and 46, were not arrested during the raid.

“Investigators are not dismissing the possibility that the house may have been used as a ‘safe house’ for three men as the police have recently zoomed-in on potential suspects believed to be linked to the case.

“The 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,” said the source.

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.

During the raid, the police also seized several mobile phones belonging to the suspects to look for potential leads.

Another source said all three suspects were arrested to assist police investigations on the sex video scandal based on originating reports lodged by Bukit Aman’s commercial crimes department on June 12 and also Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam on June 11.

“The latest arrests will assist authorities in the sex scandal probe where police are investigating the people behind the production and also circulation of the video,” said the source.

Bukit Aman CID chief Huzir Mohamed confirmed the arrest of three men in Johor on Tuesday but did not provide details on the suspects’ identity.

He said that police have received a report from CyberSecurity Malaysia tasked with verifying the clips.

However, the findings won’t be made public for now as they will wait for further instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, he added.

This brings the total of those arrested in connection with the case to nine people, including former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.

On Monday, Haziq and five men were remanded until July 20. This follows their arrest in a police operation at multiple locations in the Klang Valley on Sunday night to assist investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Abdul Hamid Bador did not rule out the possibility that there was a conspiracy behind the sex videos and that those arrested so far were taking orders from someone in position.

“Yes, maybe. We are looking into that angle, too,” Mr Hamid said on Tuesday.

The IGP earlier said it was possible that politicians and a pressure group were involved in the case.

Mr Azmin was involved in the bruising party elections last year where he edged party strategist Rafizi Ramli for the deputy presidency.

The fight for the No. 2 spot split the party with supporters of both candidates, at times, involved in brawls.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad later appointed Azmin to head the new and prominent economic affairs portfolio.

Mr Azmin has consistently rejected the allegation while PKR sacked Haziq earlier this month. AGENCIES

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