Thursday, 17 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Guan Eng’s trial set to go on
GEORGE TOWN: The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng is set to continue on May 21 after being postponed due to GE14.
The former Penang Chief Minister’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo, said the case would be brought up for mention in the High Court.
Lim pleaded not guilty on June 30, 2016, to two counts of corruption over the conversion of agricultural land to residential status and purchase of a plot and bungalow at below market value.
He was charged with using his position as Chief Minister to gain gratification for himself and wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.
Lim faces a second charge of using his position to obtain a plot of land and bungalow at No. 25, Jalan Pinhorn, on July 28, 2015, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, at below market value.
Phang pleaded not guilty to a charge of abetting him.
The trial was delayed after both filed motions to declare Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act as unconstitutional.
Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail dismissed the applications and the defendants referred the matter to the Court of Appeal, which ruled that Section 62 was unconstitutional. The Federal Court later overturned the ruling.
It was also reported that Lim could only be officially appointed as the new Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case.