Tape of Anwar handed to defense lawyer

Senator Datuk S. Nallakaruppan yesterday produced a videotape, which he claimed contained damning evidence against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Nallakaruppan, who called a press conference at the Jalan Duta court complex lobby, handed over the videotape to his lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

The tape purportedly contained evidence in Nallakaruppan's defence against the RM100 million (S$40. 94 mill) defamation suit filed against him by Anwar.

"The evidence is all there. You must keep it properly," Nallakaruppan told Shafee.

He, however, declined to reveal the contents of the tape.

"I can't tell you now. Let the court decide. I've given whatever evidence I have to my lawyer," said Nallakaruppan, adding that he hoped the suit would be heard soon.

Anwar had filed the suit on March 26 against him, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd and its group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak over an article published in the newspaper.

In his statement of claim, Anwar said Utusan Malaysia had, on March 20, published parts of the article on its front page and on page six.

Anwar claimed that the article implied, among others, he was not fit to be opposition leader as he had low moral values.

He further claimed the alleged defamatory words were baseless and published with bad intention.

Anwar had also claimed that the allegations were made up to tarnish his reputation as an opposition leader and a politician.

Yesterday, Nallakaruppan said he was sticking to his allegation that a bisexual cannot become prime minister or opposition leader.

"I challenge him to call me a liar. I can't wait to tell the court about his affair with Azmin Ali's wife, Shamsidar Taharin.

Asked whether he would file a counter-claim against Anwar, the senator said, "We will wait and see."

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