Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed (centre) at a press conference in Bukit Aman yesterday. -Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have appointed experts from a United States university to determine the authenticity of a sex video allegedly linking Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz.

Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said they had submitted the video recording, which had gone viral on WhatsApp, to the experts.

He said police were waiting for the results of the experts’ assessment.

“The investigation team recently returned from the US after submitting the video recording to verify its authenticity in our effort to identity individuals in it.

“The results of the evaluation will be available by the end of the year and will be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (A-GC) for action,” Huzir said.

He said his team had taken the time to identify the experts who could analyse the video and testify in court if a trial was to take place.

“We need to identify which expert can testify in court.

“If you send (a video) to someone who has never testified (in court), it may be rejected in court.

“If it reaches the trial stage, this expert may be called to testify.”

He said the investigation papers had been referred to the A-GC for eight times throughout the probe.

“Several instructions have been given and action has been taken, including obtaining an independent expert’s opinion to analyse the video.”

When commenting on a report made by Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, who took the video overseas for investigation, Huzir said: “We have called up Lokman to ask him why he took the video to experts overseas.

“We have detected that the report has been uploaded to social media and the matter has been brought to the attention of the attorney-general.

“It is up to him whether to accept the report or not.”

Earlier, the police announced the establishment of a team of forensic officers comprising police personnel, Communications and Multimedia Commission officers and other agencies to determine the authenticity of the sex video.

On July 18, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador announced that a CyberSecurity Malaysia analysis had confirmed that the video was genuine, but could not identify the individuals involved.