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Two more people arrested in gay sex video political scandal

Two more people arrested in gay sex video political scandal

Police have arrested two more suspects in Malaysia’s ongoing gay sex video scandal.

A video which shows two men – one of which is rumored to be Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin – was leaked last month.

Same-sex relations are illegal in Malaysia and the scandal has rocked the country’s politics. Sodomy carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison as a result of British colonial-era laws in Malaysia.

Regional political youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz revealed he was one of the people in the sex tape. Police arrested and later released him. The political party he worked for later fired him.

Since the leal police have made a number of arrests. Police accused the video leakers of forming ‘an alliance’ to create a scandal which would end Azmin’s career.

Police chief Abdul Hamid Bador confirmed his department arrested two more people on Friday (19 July).

‘I can confirm that we have made two more arrests yesterday in Shah Alam. We will also be extending the remand on some of the individuals previously arrested in connection with the case,’ he told media.

Bador added: ‘We are still in the midst of recording statements and taking action, so there is always the possibility that more arrests will be made.’

Sex scandal

Throughout the scandal, Azmin has denied being in the video, claiming it’s a conspiracy to topple him from his position.

Sex scandals have are commonplace in Malaysian politics, with the most high profile involving former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Courts twice convicted him of sodomy and he served lengthy jail time for both convictions. He always maintained his innocence, claiming his enemies manufactured the scandal against him.

Anti-LGBTI sentiment and persecution has increased over the past 18 months in the Muslim majority country.

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.