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US expert witnesses say man in sex video resembles Anwar

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TRIO FINED: (From right) Shazryl, Rahim and Shuib at the magistrates’ court. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Two expert witnesses from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States confirmed the sex video screened by businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim was original and had not been tampered with or super imposed, the magistrate’s court here heard yesterday.

The court was told Computer Science Professor Hany Farid and Assistant Professor Lorenzo Torresani, from the college, also confirmed that the man seen having sex with a woman in the video resembled Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The facts of the case were read out in open court.

Shazryl Eskay and Shuib, who were charged with screening the pornographic video, pleaded guilty.

Former Melaka chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby who was charged in the same court with abetting the duo, also pleaded guilty.

The court fined Shazryl and Shuib RM3,000 each whereas Rahim was fined RM1,500.

According to the facts of the case, Shazryl met Shuib at Taman Sri Ukay, Ampang, Selangor with a pendrive containing a recording of a couple having sex, in which the man was believed to be Anwar.

After a discussion with Abdul Rahim, they invited a few reporters and screened the video at a room in Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara on March 21 at 10 am.

Shazryl and Abdul Rahim surrendered at the Federal police headquarters (Bukit Aman) on March 24 and handed over the pendrive while Shuib turned himself in on March 25.

The facts of the case also stated that the analysis done by the experts from Dartmouth College had confirmed the recording was an original from a DVR recorder taken from Shazryl.

Earlier, Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, counsel representing Abdul Rahim, said during mitigation that although the accused were dealing with an obscene video, their joint motive was not to corrupt or deprave public morals.

Magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani said the court had taken into consideration factors such as public interest, their guilty plea and backgrounds of the three accused in handing out punishment. — Bernama