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Police make ‘several arrests’ in gay sex tape scandal

Police make ‘several arrests’ in gay sex tape scandal

Former party youth chief Abdul Aziz is at the heart of a gay sex video scandal that has rock Malaysia (Photo: Facebook)

Police have made several arrests and are closing in on ‘an alliance’ behind a leaked gay sex tape that has rocked politics in Malaysia.

Footage purporting to show Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali have sex with another man has rocked Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal.

A regional political youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz last month revealed he was one of the people in the sex tape.

Police previously arrested and then released him. Earlier this month, the political party he works for fired him.

Azmin’s office, meanwhile, maintains that the video clips are fake.

Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador told reporters this weekend police were closing in on those behind the production and sharing of the sex video.

Police had arrested and released several people, he said. But authorities had not found the person responsible, evidence of ‘an alliance’.

‘In this case, we have found evidence of a conspiracy and a plot by certain quarters in the production and circulation of the sex tape implicating a minister to topple someone,’ he said.

He said the footage had been sent ’to the lab’ to determine its authenticity.

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Last month, opposition lawmakers held rallies against the embattled economy minister.

Gay sex remains illegal under British colonial-era laws in Malaysia. Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to the threat of criminal prosecution, deep-seated cultural stigmas still face the country’s LGBTI community.

Numerous religious and political figures have consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Muslim majority country.

Anti-LGBTI sentiments have affected Malaysian politics during the past year. In July 2018, LGBTI rights Numan Afifi stepped down from his role as the press officer for the Youth and Sports Minister after experiencing multiple threats and continued abuse because of his sexuality.

There have been multiple instances of the Malaysian authorities clamping down on the LGBTI community. LGBTI rights activists have repeatedly highlighted the lack of protections for LGBTI people.

Sex scandals – or allegations of sex scandals – have been used multiple times in Malaysia in the past against politicians.

Anwar Ibrahim, a renowned opposition leader, underwent two highly controversial trials for sodomy, resulting in long prison terms. 

Anwar has since slammed the videos as a ‘scurrilous attack’ against Azmin. 

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