KUALA LUMPUR: The living room featured in the V.K. Lingam video clip is the same as the one in the lawyer’s house in Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.
Two Anti-Corruption Agency officials confirmed this yesterday on Day 1 of the hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the controversial video clip.
ACA Senior Supt Chuah Lay Choo, the investigating officer, told the commission that she received a compact disc containing the 14-minute video clip from Supt Wan Zulkifli Wan Jusoh on Dec 19 last year.
Testifying as the second witness, she told the inquiry that she sent the disc to CyberSecurity Malaysia to authenticate the video clip on Dec 26 before getting it back last Saturday.
After the video clip was shown for the first time in open court (see separate story), Supt Chuah, 52, confirmed that the clip was the same as the one given to her.
Inquiry leading officer DPP Datuk Nordin Hassan tendered a transcript of the conversations from the video clip prepared by the witness.
Continuing her testimony, Supt Chuah said she instructed ACA Senior Asst Supt Shahadan Mohd Yatim to take photographs of the living room at Datuk V.K. Lingam’s house in Kelana Jaya where she herself had been to.
She confirmed that 17 screenshots from the video, which were displayed one by one in a slideshow on four large plasma TV screens in the courtroom, were similar to the 17 photographs taken by her subordinate.
In conclusion, Supt Chuah said, the video clip featured the same place that was photographed.
To a question by Lingam’s counsel R. Thayalan, the witness confirmed that the video clip she received was a copy and not the original clip itself.
At the end of yesterday’s proceedings, Ranjit Singh – counsel for the Malaysian Bar – told the commission that he would like to compare Supt Chuah’s transcript with the one prepared “meticulously” by the Bar to ensure that the wordings were accurate.
The comparison will be made today.
Earlier, 53-year-old ASP Shahadan testified that he took the photographs of Lingam’s living room on the morning of Dec 25 upon receiving instructions from Supt Chuah.
He said he did so with a digital camera upon obtaining the lawyer’s permission.
Asked by commissioner Datuk Mahadev Shanker if Lingam had asked him why his living room had to be photographed, the witness replied: “I think he already knew.”
ASP Shahadan explained that one of his photographs was of a sofa originally in the living room but was now located at the third floor of the lawyer’s house.
He said it was Lingam himself who told him about the sofa.
Americk Sidhu, counsel for businessman Loh Mui Fah, then asked ASP Shahadan to compare two other photographs with the ones he took.
Asked by the commissioners to explain the two pictures, the lawyer replied: “They were taken by the person who filmed the video.”
ASP Shahadan, however, could only confirm that one of the photographs was taken in the same living room.
This photograph, which showed three men seated on two sofas in a living room, was tendered to the commission.
The hearing continues today.
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