Najib claims video of court proceedings does not come under OSA

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak says that video footage of his trial that was uploaded on Facebook is an "official recording" from the court and claims that it does not fall under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

The former prime minister said that the footage was from the court's closed-circuit television (CCTV), not an illegal recording and that the court's proceedings were open to the public.

"The recording does not fall under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and it was also distributed to local and international media houses," he claimed.

"Governments in other countries such as Canada, India, United Kingdom, the USA and Australia also show live telecasts of court proceedings as they want the public to witness the decision and trial," he said in a Facebook posting on Tuesday (April 23).

The Pekan MP, however, said that the Pakatan Harapan government had the authority to investigate and prosecute whomever they want.

"Be it as it may, I hope the government will take action in prosecuting several other cases before deciding to purse this latest case.

"I am worried that Malaysians might have the wrong perception if the Pakatan government prosecutes someone who spreads a video clip with the intention of rectifying wrong media reports," he said.

It was reported that police have opened investigations over a video recording of Najib's trial proceedings that was uploaded on Facebook.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said investigations were made following a report made at the Batu 9 Cheras police station.

"The investigation was initiated under Section 203A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said in a statement.

On Friday (April 19), a two-minute and 12-second video titled "The fifth day of Datuk Seri Najib's trial" featured a recording of Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah questioning a witness, which went viral on social media.

It was learnt that the recording was uploaded on the Facebook account of Najib's former special officer, Isham Jalil.

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