In 2006, Mongolian national Altantuya Shariibuu was shot twice and her remains blown up with explosives in a jungle in Shah Alam.
Two former police special operations force personnel were convicted and sentenced to death for the crime – and questions still linger with regard to their motive.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s close associate Abdul Razak Baginda was charged with abetting the pair, one of whom has fled to Australia, but Razak was later discharged.
It is this gruesome murder, according to Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, which prompted him to confess to being the person in the sex clips, which implicated Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali.
“It was a risk, but I would rather be in the spotlight than suffer the same fate as Altantuya Shaariibuu,” Haziq told The Sun.
Haziq, who claimed that his alleged sexual tryst with the minister was recorded without his permission, said his life was at risk when the videos were exposed.
The 27-year-old Santubong PKR chief claimed that he feared what some parties might be “capable of doing” to silence him.
In his confession video released last week, Haziq had also called on the MACC to investigate Azmin for corruption.
Azmin has denied the allegations as libel and meant to destroy his political career.
Police had arrested Haziq last Friday and held him overnight to investigate him on multiple criminal offences – including carnal intercourse.
The authorities say they are also trying to authenticate the video, while also tracking down the culprits who spread it.
Previously, experts engaged by Australian media outfit SBS News said the sex videos showed no signs of being doctored, but they could not confirm if Azmin was the man in the video.
Haziq to be slapped with show cause letter
PKR will issue a show cause letter against Santubong division youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz for making a public statement that tarnished the party’s image.
Haziq will be given 14 days to respond to the show cause letter.
PKR disciplinary committee chief Ahmad Kassim said that Haziq had issued remarks which had tarnished the image of the party and ruin the leadership’s reputation.
“The disciplinary committee held a meeting on Sunday (June 16) to discuss on the sex video issue.
“We are aware of comments by various parties regarding the issue and we urge the members to remain steadfast in facing this ordeal and respect the law,” he said in a media conference at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
The 27-year-old made a confession last week that he was filmed in a sex video with another man whom he claimed to be PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
Azmin has denied the allegations as libel meant to tarnish his reputation.
The move to issue a show cause letter came after the PKR political bureau’s meeting at the PKR headquarters today.
Ahmad Kassim said they took into account Azmin’s denial and will look into any explanations on the matter.
He also warned the members against issuing baseless statements regarding the issue and reminded them that PKR is waiting for authorities to wrap up their investigation.
Asked what will happen to Haziq if he failed to respond within 14 days, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who was also present at the media conference asked all parties to be patient and wait for Haziq’s reply.
“Be patient. How do you know that he will not answer?” he told the media when pressed on further action against Haziq.