Charge men in sex video or face our lawsuit, Umno’s Lokman Adam tells AG

Kenneth Tee
Datuk Lokman Noor Adam speaks to reporters outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters September 3, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam issued an ultimatum today to Attorney General Tommy Thomas, demanding the government charge the two men caught on video with unnatural sex or be taken to court for failure to prosecute.

Lokman, who was called to Bukit Aman for questioning on the sex allegations, insisted that he has irrefutable proof for action to be taken against Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz — said to be the two men in the sex video.

“With the evidence we obtained from the UK-based firm, I hope the police can submit the investigation paper to the AG to charge Azmin and Haziq,” the Umno politician told reporters before entering the federal police headquarters.

He said the video analysis was undertaken by UK-based Verden Forensics, which did not detect any digital tampering with the raw footage of the clips that had been circulating on the internet these past few months.

Lokman said he instructed his lawyers yesterday to submit a notice and a copy of the forensic report to the AG for prosecution.

“I do not understand why, even after two months (since the investigation started), the AG is unable to prosecute.

“If the AG fails to do so, our civil suit against him will remain,” he added.

According to Lokman, the forensic report confirmed similarities between the person portrayed in the video and pictures of Azmin supplied for analysis.

“Azmin’s hairline and his sideburn, his chin and left brow in the video matched the photo we provided to the forensic team,” he said.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department Director Commissioner Datuk Huzir Mohamed confirmed yesterday that local authorities have received an analysis report of video that the Umno leader commissioned from a British firm.

He pointed out that his team previously tried to send copies of the video to the British firm through email unsuccessfully.

“So the forensics team extracted them (the video clips) from Pornhub instead,” he added, referring to the pornographic video-sharing site.

Lokman emerged an hour later around 12.40pm, saying he was appeased by the way the police handled the matter.

“I am satisfied that the police are able to act objectively and hopefully the AG will be able to prosecute the culprits, both actors and those involved in the spreading of the video,” he said.

He also showed a stamp bearing the name of the investigating officer from the Bukit Aman Classified Crime Investigation Unit formally accepting the original forensic report.

During the meeting, he was also asked by investigators to disclose the individual he liaised with in the UK to engage the service of the British firm.

“I told them it was my friend, Raja Petra Kamarudin, who suggested the firm,” he said.

Lokman had previously accused Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador of lying about the status of investigations into the case.

Abdul Hamid said the video was verified as genuine but cybersecurity experts evaluating the clip could not conclusively identify the people in it, leading to Lokman’s offending remark.

Lokman maintained his allegation and additionally accused the IGP of protecting “criminals”, before telling Abdul Hamid to resign as he was unfit to lead the police.

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