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Viewing is Authenticating

Nazri: No need for agency to keep tape

PUTRAJAYA: The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) needs to view the original full-length version of the “V.K. Lingam video tape”, but it doesn’t have to retain it.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz suggested this in response to the refusal of those who brought the tape to light to hand over the original recording of the telephone conversation between Lingam and, allegedly, a senior judge.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has until tomorrow to submit the video clip for the ACA’s inspection.

“If he (Anwar) doesn’t want to hand over the original, I believe the ACA can ask him to play the original for them and once it’s over, he can take it back,” Nazri said yesterday.

” It’s not necessary for them to keep it.”

Nazri was commenting on an ACA directive to Anwar to produce the original video clip by Thursday or face imprisonment or a fine under Section 22 of the ACA Act.

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No one has come forward to volunteer information so far, despite assurances from Nazri that their identities would be protected.

Despite this, Nazri said the government still had no plans to call a Royal Commission of inquiry into the video clip until its authenticity could be verified.

“The video clip is akin to a ‘surat layang’ (poison-pen letter) with no identity of the writer,” he said. “We can’t be having Royal Commissions for every poison-pen letter.”

– quoted from an article published in NST on 24th October 2007 (link)

My understanding so far has been that the ACA needs to establish whether the person depicted in the video is VK Lingam and whether he was speaking to Tun Ahmad Fairuz. So how can viewing the video and not taking it back for analysis be sufficient? Besides, Anwar has already denied owning the complete video so the demand from the ACA to hand it over is nonsense.

Nazri is only making it clear that this is a witch hunt, maybe they’ll send in an elite squad of ACA people with eidetic memory. Who is Nazri to be giving assurances to Whistle Blower that he will be protected? His word is not law, though he might think it is.

I can understand what he means by this video being a poison pen letter but there’s a key difference here – its a video, not words on paper that any 5 year old can write.

At the very least there should have been a public denial by VK Lingam and/or Tun Ahmad Fairuz. So far there has been none and once you add that behaviour to this big show by the government of ‘authenticating the video’ then its obvious who the guilty parties are – and that Nazri is trying to help them cover it up.

Good thing he’s not good at cover ups eh? I do have some notes on how the government could disprove the video without such a big show, but I think by the time I put it up the video will be officially dismissed by the Govt. I have been too busy of late to keep up with news and this comic.

ACA Sees The Video

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Written by ak57

November 6, 2007 at 4:04 am

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