Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Clip shows gun incident

PETALING JAYA: Police investigations into an incident in which a bodyguard of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was said to have pointed a gun at a group of men in Malacca last Saturday took a dramatic turn after the emergence of a video clip on the Internet.

The clip contradicted the denials by PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Wanita executive secretary Maisuri Zainal that the bodyguard had pointed his gun at the group.

Several pro-Pakatan Rakyat bloggers such as Addin had come to the bodyguard's defence, posting a photograph of the bodyguard being apprehended with his gun pointed downwards.

However, blogger Jiwa Paradox posted a video showing the bodyguard pointing his gun from the back passenger seat of a black Camry as an unidentified man in sunglasses scurried for cover.

The recording, entitled Pengawal Peribadi Anwar Ibrahim Acu Pistol Ke Arah Orang Awam (Anwar Ibrahim's personal bodyguard points pistol at members of the public), was posted on Saturday and had garnered almost 18,000 hits by yesterday evening.

A village headman in the group reported that the bodyguard pointed his gun at the crowd twice.

Meanwhile, Malacca police chief SAC Datuk Chua Ghee Lye denied claims that police had confirmed that the bodyguard's gun was not pointed at members of the public.

“Investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Bernama reported that SAC Chua later confirmed that police received a four-minute video recording of the incident at 6pm yesterday.

The incident happened near Kampung Rim in Jasin at about 3.40pm to 4pm on Saturday. Several men were reported to be putting up banners when a bus carrying Anwar and other PKR members on their Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat roadshow passed by as part of a convoy.

There were claims that the men obstructed the convoy resulting in one of Anwar's bodyguards drawing his gun.

Six police reports were lodged over the incident with 29-year-old blogger Shahridhan Shaharan, who was among the group of men, saying the bodyguard had pointed his gun at him.

The 37-year-old bodyguard, who has a licence to carry firearms, was detained by police and released on police bail at about 9pm the same day after his statement was recorded. The man works for a private security firm.
Source : TheStar


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