Haziq, five others remanded


KUALA LUMPUR: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz along with five others have been remanded for six days to assist police investigations into a sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Magistrate Namirah Hanum Mohamed Albaki issued the remand order until July 20.

The former Santubong PKR Youth chief was arrested at a cafe in Kelana Jaya along with a man believed to be his bodyguard and another individual who is a lawyer.

Three others remanded are also PKR party members.

Besides Haziq, who is from Sarawak, two of those remanded were from Selangor while another two were from Penang and Kedah respectively.

There are no details on the last suspect.

Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the men were detained on Sunday night in multiple locations in the Klang Valley.

Comm Huzir said it was too soon to say if more people would be arrested in connection with the viral sex video.

“We arrested them to assist with investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“We will see whether they need to be questioned or assist us in other aspects of the investigation,” he said yesterday.

A series of clips from the video were distributed and uploaded via social media to media personnel and party members in June.

On June 12, after the first video was sent to the media and PKR leaders, Haziq went public in a confession video that the other man in the video with him was allegedly Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president.

He also urged the Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission to investigate Azmin for corruption.

Azmin has categorically denied any involvement in the sex video, dismissing the scandal as a “nefarious plot” to destroy his political career.

On June 14, Haziq, who was waiting for a flight to Manila, was arrested by the police at the airport. He was released on bail a day later.

On Saturday, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said that the police were closing in on the “alliance” behind the sex video implicating a minister.

“We have made several arrests and some have been released.

“No (we don’t know who the mastermind is yet), but there are hints of an alliance behind it,” he had told reporters.

Abdul Hamid said the police were still working to complete the probe.

“We are still waiting for lab results to determine the authenticity of the video.

“On the investigation itself, we have sent the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor twice.

“Each time, it was sent back as further investigation was needed and the last time was on July 11,” he said.


   

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