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Cops clear Fahmi in mosque probe, to go after person behind video post

Selangor police chief Hussein Omar Khan says the investigation found that the communications and digital minister was providing an explanation about the recent incident involving British band The 1975.

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Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil. Photo: Bernama
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil. Photo: Bernama

Selangor police have confirmed that there was no element of political campaigning in the speech delivered by Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil, which was reported to have taken place at the prayer hall of the Nurul Yaqin Mosque in Kampung Melayu Seri Kundang, Rawang, Shah Alam, on Sunday.

State police chief Hussein Omar Khan said this was found after studying the 12-minute video recording of Fahmi's speech at the mosque.

"The 12-minute speech by the minister was to explain the issue related to The 1975 band. We have called eight witnesses, including the complainant and those who were present (at the mosque) when the speech was delivered," he told a press conference at the Selangor contingent police headquarters in Shah Alam today.

Hussein said the police have also identified the owner of the account who uploaded and shared the video, and efforts are being made to track down the individual.

"We already have the name and address of the person involved. Reporting the truth is fine, but defamation is a criminal offence.

"The case is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and Section 4A (1) of the Election Offences Act 1954," he said.

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