Malaysia

Nazri says sex video may be legal

By Shannon Teoh

March 22, 2011

Nazri: These individuals have committed all forms of crime — criminal defamation, intimidation, and the viewing of pornography in public.Nazri: These individuals have committed all forms of crime — criminal defamation, intimidation, and the viewing of pornography in public.KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today that the screening of the sex video allegedly showing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a Chinese prostitute may not have been illegal despite laws barring pornography.

“It depends on what the purpose is. They wanted to show proof that Anwar had sex with this woman, not to make a pornographic video,” said the minister in the prime minister's department.

The de facto law minister said that “if they were screening it to reporters with the intention to have witnesses, or to have on record people who can corroborate what they say, then it is not against the law.”

Opposition leader Anwar had lodged a police report earlier today and told reporters later that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were involved in what he says was a an attack on him and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“These individuals have committed all forms of crime — criminal defamation, intimidation, and the viewing of pornography in public.

“My proof of high-level involvement is that why no action was taken by the police on this? How can porn be displayed publicly? It’s protection by the police,” he said.

Section 292(a) of the Penal Code prohibits the production, sale, rental, distribution and public circulation of any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, painting, representation or object.

Nazri had also pointed out that the screening was not for money or commercial purposes.

“If you are collecting money and have a show without a licence, then it’s an illegal blue movie. We all know that the intention is to report to the police and he just wanted to have witnesses,” the Padang Rengas MP said.

Anwar yesterday denied that he was the man in the video after the video was screened to selected journalists by a shadowy figure who only identified himself as “Datuk T”.

“Datuk T” had said that the video was taken from closed-circuit television camera recordings found in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.