Haziq, 4 others challenge remand in gay sex video probe

Haziq Aziz and four others are challenging their remand order in the KL High Court. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Santubong PKR Youth leader Haziq Aziz and four others, who were arrested on Sunday to help police investigate a series of gay sex videos targeted at Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, are challenging their six-day remand.

Lawyer R Sivahnanthan said the challenge would be heard tomorrow at 9am before High Court judge Colin Lawrence Sequerah.

He said all will be produced in court during the proceeding.

“Yesterday, we filed a revision under the Criminal Procedure Code as remand procedures were not followed while the six-day duration is too long.” said Sivahnanthan, who is representing the five together with Ramesh Sivakumar.

Another suspect , who is represented by another legal team, is not challenging the detention period.

All six were produced before a magistrate at the Duta court complex here yesterday and police obtained the remand order till Saturday.

Sivahnanthan said the six are being investigated under the Penal Code for allegedly performing sexual intercourse against the order of nature and circulating obscene videos.

He said police were also probing them under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of communication network facilities like distribution of pornographic materials.

Sivahnanthan said Haziq had given statements to police on three occasions in the past.

“He has given his utmost cooperation to investigators and there is no reason to further detain him,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Hamid Bador said on Sunday that the police had identified those behind the distribution of the clips.

He said several of them had been arrested and released although he did not know how many had been nabbed.

He also said the police were narrowing down the suspects who had distributed the clips on social media.

“There are a few more things that need to be done, based on the instructions of the prosecutor. The Attorney-General’s Chambers wants us to record more statements,” he said, adding that police needed to go back and forth to Sandakan, which would take time.