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Wednesday March 23, 2011

Anwar lodges police report

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is implicated in a sex video scandal, has lodged a police report over the matter.

He was accompanied by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is PKR president, when he lodged the report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.

Anwar arrived at the headquarters at 10.35am yesterday in his Mercedes Benz and immediately walked in to lodge the report.

With him were his lawyers R. Sivarasa, N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya.

I’m not the man: Anwar speaking to reporters after lodging a police report yesterday to deny he is the man in the sex tape.

He then had his statement recorded by senior investigation officer Asst Supt Sabri Yanteng.

In his report, Anwar denied that he was the man in the 22-minute video clip and alleged that his wife and he had been threatened.

He said the claim of him being the man in the video was humiliating, excessive and a politically-motivated attack.

“This is something pre-planned by irresponsible parties to force me and my wife to quit from the political arena,” he added in the report.

Anwar also urged the police to investigate those involved in releasing the video.

A mysterious Malay man, identifying himself as Datuk T, screened the video at Carcosa Seri Negara in the presence of several journalists on Monday.

Datuk T gave the politician and his wife one week to quit politics and threatened to make public the video through some NGOs if they failed to do so.

Other PKR leaders present were Batu MP Tian Chua, Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam and Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.

Speaking to reporters after lodging the report, Anwar said the issue was clearly politically motivated and a conspiracy involving higher-ups.

“First, top editors and journalists were invited to view the video. The Prime Minister and Home Minister knew this was happening and let it carry on.

“In Carcosa and other places, notice was given out for a public airing of pornographic material. This was not possible without the knowledge of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and senior police officers.

“Can you imagine a public display of pornography, which is against the law but is tolerated because they want to assassinate my character,” Anwar added.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed receiving Anwar's report.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 292 of the Penal Code for possession and distribution of pornographic material.

Ismail refused to elaborate.

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