PULAU PINANG – The corruption trial involving the former Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon will be rementioned on 30 July.
The decision was ordered by the Penang High Court Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail after the lawyers of both the accused made an application for the representation process of the case.
According to Hadhariah, the court cannot forbid the application of the accused to make a representation to the new Attorney-General, which is expected to be appointed in July.
Meanwhile, Guan Eng’s lawyer Ram Karpal Singh said, they hope that the case would be dropped through the representation process.
“We stand firm on our grounds that the case was politically motivated. With the current changes (federal government), we hope that the new Attorney-General can reconsider our application impartially.
“However, if our application is not accepted, we are ready to continue with the trial. There would be no problem,” he told the journalists today.
Guan Eng was represented by his lawyers, Ram Karpal Singh and RSN Rayer in the proceedings this morning while Phang was being represented by Datuk V Sithambaram and Rueben Kumar. Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Mohd Daud represented the prosecutor.
Both Guan Eng and Gobind did not attend the handling of the case today as they would be sworn in this evening as Federal Ministers.
Meanwhile, Masri emphasized that they are ready to prosecute the case. However, he refused to elaborate on the representation process by the defendants.
Earlier, the corruption trial was postponed to enable the preparations for the 14th General Election by the Finance Minister.
On 30 June 2016, Guan Eng pleaded not guilty to two charges of corruption involving the change of status of lands from agriculture zone to housing zone and the purchase of a bungalow land lot at Jalan Pinhorn below its market value.
He was charged in accordance to Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 and Section 165 of the Penal Code.
Li Koon on the other hand was charged in accordance to Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 165 of the same code for abetting with Guan Eng on the purchase of the bungalow. -MalaysiaGazette