Anwar tapes ‘off limits’

By : V. Shuman, New Straits TImes Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have no plans to release closed-circuit television footage of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim taken while he was in detention at the city police headquarters.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the taping was part of the police investigation into the sodomy report against Anwar.

A news website had on Thursday reported that police were considering releasing the footage to the public in the next 48 hours.

Yesterday, R. Sivarasa, one of Anwar’s counsel, questioned the reason to record his client’s movements round the clock while he was in custody.

“From the moment Anwar entered the city police headquarters building, several policemen, armed with video cameras, started recording him and followed him around like he was a hardened criminal.

“Even when he was inside the lock-up, they taped him, although there were already CCTVs inside,” Sivarasa said.

“They only stopped recording when my client asked them to during prayers.”

He added that as soon as Anwar got out of his cell the next morning, forensic personnel combed it to gather hair samples and dead skin cells.


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