Bar Council says ‘shocked’ with sex video screening in court

By Syed Mu’az Syed Putra, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — The magistrate’s court should not have screened the sex video allegedly featuring Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday because the “Datuk T” trio had already pleaded guilty to the crime, says the Bar Council.

Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee described that the court’s decision in allowing the video to be shown as “shocking” and “extraordinary.”

He stressed that there was no reason to do since those accused of screening the video had readily admitted to the crime.

“There is no need to because they have already pleaded guilty; I am surprised why the sex video was shown in court.

“This is an extraordinary procedure, I am shocked as to why it happened… if a person has already pleaded guilty there is no need to (reveal the evidence),” Lim told The Malaysian Insider.

The lawyer said the court’s action was inconsistent with standard procedures in such cases, where evidence is only revealed during the course of a full trial and when the accused maintains his or her innocence.

Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim, all of whom make up the “Datuk T” trio, were fined yesterday for their involvement in the screening of the sex video at Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel here on March 21.