Guan Eng’s trial case man­age­ment on March 15

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang High Court has fixed March 15 for case man­age­ment of the graft trial in­volv­ing Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng and busi­ness­woman Phang Li Khoon.

High Court judge Datuk Had­hariah Syed Is­mail set the new date af­ter the case was brought up for case man­age­ment yes­ter­day.

The date was fixed pend­ing the trial and de­ci­sion of the Court of Ap­peal on the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Sec­tion 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) Act 2009.

R.S.N. Rayer ap­peared for Lim, while Datuk V. Sitham­baram rep­re­sented Phang.

A three-man pros­e­cu­tion team, led by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ab­dul Rashid Daud, ap­peared at court.

Nei­ther Lim nor Phang was present at yes­ter­day’s pro­ceed­ings.

On June 30 last year, Lim claimed trial to two counts of cor­rup­tion. For the first count, he is al­leged to have used his po­si­tion as a civil ser­vant to ob­tain grat­i­fi­ca­tion for him­self and his wife by ap­prov­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by Mag­nif­i­cent Em­blem Sdn Bhd to con­vert agri­cul­tural land to res­i­den­tial land, while chair­ing a state Planning Com­mit­tee meet­ing on July 18, 2014.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 23 of the MACC Act 2009, which car­ries a max­i­mum 20 years’ jail sen­tence, and a fine of up to five times the amount of the bribe, or RM10,000, which­ever is higher.

For the sec­ond count, he was charged with us­ing his po­si­tion to buy a house in Jalan Pin­horn here from Phang for RM2.8 mil­lion, which was be­low the prop­erty’s mar­ket value of RM4.27 mil­lion, on July 28 last year.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 165 of the Pe­nal Code, which pro­vides for two years’ jail, a fine, or both, if con­victed.

Phang claimed trial to abet­ment un­der Sec­tion 109 of the Pe­nal Code, read to­gether with Sec­tion 165.

Sev­eral trial dates were set for be­tween March and July, but these have been va­cated pend­ing the out­come on the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the act.

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