Former deputy prime minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim disclosed that the video clip of prominent lawyer V.K. Lingam talking on the phone to a 'senior judge' is authentic. He also said that the other person on the phone is none other than the present Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz.
The conversation between Lingam and Ahmad Fairuz centred on the appointment of judges to the high court, the appeals court and the federal court.
Speaking at a public forum organised by the Institut Kajian Dasar (Policy Studies Institute) in Kuala Lumpur this evening, Anwar said Fairuz's name was mentioned in the second part of the video clip, yet to be exposed.
He also denied allegations by government leaders that the video clip could have been doctored. According to Anwar the eight-minute recording was only the first part of the entire 14-minute recording given to him by a "prominent" personality.
Anwar said in the second part of the video clip, identities of "other personalities" were exposed and that is why it was not released, unless it is necessary to do so in the name of justice and if a Royal Commission of Inquiry is set up as demanded by the Bar Council and by the Peoples' Justice Party or Parti KeAdilan Rakyat.
Three other panelists, namely Tunku Abdul Aziz of Transparency International, veteran lawyer Param Cumaraswamy and Bar Council Secretary Lim Chee Wee, also spoke at length on the integrity of the judiciary.