Malaysian cabinet minister denies links to sex video

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s economic affairs minister Mohamed Azmin Ali on Wednesday denied links to a sex video purporting to show him with a man, saying the allegation was an attempt to end his political career.

Azmin, a senior minister in Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet, is seen as a possible prime ministerial candidate and rival to another top politician, Anwar Ibrahim, to whom Mahathir has agreed to hand over power.

The video purporting to show Azmin circulated via WhatsApp this week. Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia.

“I categorically deny this vicious libel upon me,” Azmin said in a statement. “This is nothing but a nefarious plot to assassinate my reputation and character in an attempt to destroy my political career.”

Azmin said he has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against those behind the video.

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