High Court sets March 7 to decide motion in Guan Eng’s corruption case

 |Feb 7, 2017

 

On June 30 last year, Lim Guan Eng (pic right) claimed trial to two counts of corruption while Businesswoman Phang Li Koon claimed trial for abetment.
On June 30 last year, Lim Guan Eng (pic right) claimed trial to two counts of corruption while Businesswoman Phang Li Koon claimed trial for abetment.

The Penang High Court has fixed March 7 to decide on a motion filed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon who are seeking a declaration that Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act as unconstitutional.

Judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed the date today after the prosecution and defence team presented their arguments.

Guan Eng was represented by Gobind Singh Deo and V. Sithambaram for Phang while the prosecution team was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Masri Mohd Daud.

The motion was filed last month by both the respective counsel.

On June 30, Guan Eng claimed trial to two counts of corruption while Phang claimed trial for abetment.

Guan Eng 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 into residential land, while chairing a state Planning Committee meeting on July 18, 2014.

He was also charged with using his position to buy a house from co-defendant Phang at RM2.8 million, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.27 million, on July 28 last year.

On Dec 6, Hadhariah fixed 34 days between March and July this year for the trial proper.