Monday, May 20

Eskay swears Anwar’s the man

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SPEAKS: Eskay (seated second left) flanked by Abdul Rahim (left) and Shuib (second right) swears on the Quran that both he and Anwar were in the video and that Anwar was the actor.. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah took an oath yesterday to assert that he was telling the truth when he said the man in a sex video that he handed to the police was opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He took the ‘sumpah laknat’ (oath which can become a curse) at about 4.20pm at the Amru al-As Mosque in Bandar Baru Sentul here.

Eskay had arrived in a multi-purpose vehicle at the mosque with former Melaka chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and former treasurer-general of right-wing group Perkasa Datuk Shuib Lazim.

The trio, who wore bullet-proof vests, entered the mosque accompanied by police.

After preacher Firdaus Supri explained to him the curse he would be bringing on himself if he were not telling the truth, Eskay swore on the Quran that the man having sex in the video was Anwar.

Eskay swore that both he and Anwar were in the video and that Anwar was the actor. If he had lied in his sworn statement, Eskay said, he would be cursed.

As of 5pm, Anwar had not responded to Eskay’s challenge and was not seen at the mosque.

Eskay had wanted to take the oath after Friday prayers at the mosque, but PKR and PAS supporters numbering about 500 created havoc with shouts of ‘Allahu akbar’ and calls for  Eskay to be arrested.

Eskay prayed at another mosque before arriving for the oath-taking.

OCPD of Sentul ACP Zakaria Pagan said that police, including Federal Reserve Unit personnel, had been mobilised around the mosque to keep the situation under control.

The sex video surfaced on March 21 when it was shown to representatives of the media in a screening arranged by the three Datuks.

Meanwhile, PKR vice president N Surendran claimed that the oath-taking by Eskay was an act of desperation.

He said that Eskay was trying to convince the public that he was telling the truth about the sex video featuring a man resembling PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

According to Surendran, the man in the video, which he had seen, was not Anwar.

“There are obvious and unmistakable physical differences, particularly the large and protruding stomach of the actor in the video,” he said in a statement. — Bernama