Unreliable-Outdated Panel Probe Report – No Update Additional 10Sec? Report Submitted on 6th, Anwar Revealed on 8th Nov; Futile Cabinet Decision?
Malaysiakini has the latest report on the Lingam Video Clip controversy under
Video clip probe: Cabinet ministers will not meet
The other two ministers are Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. "The Cabinet also needs the input of other ministers just in case we miss some points. "It is better to have 32 heads than only three heads,'' said Nazri, adding that the Cabinet was serious about the whole incident and wanted to investigate further.
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the NST has the inside info as with Sin Chew?
The STAR no longer privy to leaks?
Panel favours a royal commission
By : Anis Ibrahim and V. Vasudevan
The three-member panel submitted three individual reports of the video clip to the government on Friday. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the cabinet was given a brief of the findings by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hasan. "We will be able to give you a decision next week. All the ministers will be given a copy of the report today," he said. Nazri said while all cabinet members would be asked for their input next week, three cabinet members with legal background would give a legal perspective.
Nazri said apart from himself, the other two are Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim. Pressed repeatedly as to what the recommendation by the panel was, Nazri kept saying he did not know. "I have yet to read it. Wait till next week." When told that Sin Chew Daily had reported that the panel had recommended a Royal Commission of Inquiry be set up, Nazri said that was the paper's view.
Earlier, in a statement based on the Sin Chew report, opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said if the report was true then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had to establish the commission. Lim said the question then would be the terms of reference and composition of the Royal Commission of Inquiry. "In such circumstances, the prime minister should undertake a proper and meaningful consultation with representative personalities and groups.
"This is to ensure that the Royal Commission of Inquiry, when established, would not become another divisive issue, either because of its restricted terms of reference, controversial composition or procrastination," he said.
Is the cabinet getting any updated report from the Panel? It seems not to be the case.
ABOVE: Haider came with his bag and BELOW: Left empty handed. Did he submit the report together with the bag or absent-mindedly left it behind?
On Nov 6, the panel members handed their individual reports, bound into one, to the secretariat – the Prime Minister’s Department’s legal division. PKR claimed the original recording was 14 minutes long and had withheld a footage of six minutes to protect the identity of the sources.
Last Thursday (Nov 8), Anwar (ABOVE with his thumb drive)released an additional 10-second clip from the withheld portion, in which Lingam was depicted telling somebody that his conversation was with the recently-retired Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim. Najib said on the same day, the Panel “will have to look at that” but there were NO further meetings. So the report at hand with the cabinet is INCOMPLETE and any decision on it would be futile, if the additional 10 sec was not taken into consideration.
And the reliability of the Report is at stake if the panel members based their findings on authenticity from the Cyber Security firms. It was revealed on Day 57 Altantuya Murder (details H E R E), the Cyber Security firm witness (Mohd Zabri Aidil Talib, 28) (BELOW)
when questioned by Hazman Ahmad, counsel for C/Insp Azilah Hadri said ”he was neither gazetted to testify as an expert nor was the agency accredited by any independent body” And this private company funded by the Government had presented a report to the Panel “that there is a possibility the Lingam Clip is not authentic” –details in previous post H E RE
So are they qualified to assess and verify the Lingam Video Clip and can they be considered “independent” and reliable?
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Cabinet To Make Decision On Video Clip Probe Next Week
The Cabinet was briefed on the probe into the case by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek (ABOVE) Hassan yesterday, he said. Nazri said that three ministers with law backgrounds including himself were tasked to make suggestions on the follow up action needed. The other two are Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. On a report in a Chinese newspaper which said that the special independent panel tasked with verifying the authenticity of the clip had suggested that a Royal Commission of Inquiry be set up over the case, Nazri said it was "only a report in a newspaper".
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Three named to study videoclip report
By ELIZABETH LOOI and LEE YUK PENG; STAR
“I can only tell you that the Cabinet was briefed but I can’t tell you what we were briefed on,” he said. On talk that the panel had recommended the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, Nazri said he would have to read the report first. The panel, comprising former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar, was formed on Sept 25 to investigate the authenticity of the videoclip. It completed its report on Nov 6.
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Cabinet To Discuss "Lingam" Video Clip Report Wednesday
KUCHING, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- The report by a special independent panel set up to verify the authenticity of the "Lingam" video clip will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting Wednesday, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. "We hope to be able to discuss it Wednesday when the report is presented before the Cabinet," he told reporters after laying the foundation stone for the Sarawak Islamic Complex (KIS) here Tuesday. The video clip purportedly shows a prominent lawyer on the phone with a senior judge discussing judicial appointments. Asked about its content, Abdullah admitted that he did not have time to read the report.
"I will go through the report tonight," he added in Kuching.Where he got time? Flip thru maybe & fell asleep!
The report was prepared by the panel's members comprising of former chief judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former court of appeals judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar.
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Government To Assess Panel's Report In A Matter Of Days - Najib
The Deputy Prime Minister said: "Yes (we have received it). I don't have time to look at the report yet (but) I would assess the report in a matter of days and I would discuss with the PM (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) on what to do."
"We realise there is a great public interest to make the report public," he told reporters after opening the 10th Asia-Pacific Responsible Care Conference (APRCC 2007) and 35th Asean Chemical Industries Council Conference (ACIC).
National Service Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (ABOVE, leaving after giving report) and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar (BELOW) handed their reports to the government last week.
The panel was set up on September 25 to hold a full inquiry, analyse the evidence and make a decision on the authenticity of the video clip taken in 2002.
In announcing the formation of the panel, Najib had said the panel's findings would be "the key" and "the government will take it from there".
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8 min 46s or less Video Clip, possible Transcript