Video clip case witnesses will be protected, says Abdullah

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Oct 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government assures personal security for witnesses who come forward to help verify the authenticity of the video clip purportedly showing a prominent lawyer brokering the appointment of judges. 

“We will give protection to them wherever required,” Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told reporters after opening the 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery here yesterday. 

The Prime Minister was asked whether the Government would give the assurance that personal security would be given to the witnesses coming forward to the panel headed by former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor. 

The panel, set up by the Government a month ago to verify the authenticity of the video clip, has been waiting in vain for people to come forward because it does not have the power to protect the witnesses. 

Abdullah also said police would cooperate to provide security to witnesses. 

On whether there would be a legal provision to protect witnesses in the future, Abdullah said the matter was under serious consideration. 

He said the Attorney-General’s Chambers would have to determine how the law for witness protection could be enforced. 

Asked about the Government’s preparation so far to formulate such a law, he said: “It has not reached the Cabinet level.”  

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