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Guan Eng in self-quarantine, graft trial postponed

The trial has been pushed to Sept 22.

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Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial has been postponed to Sept 22 as he is undergoing self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 patient.

His lawyer Gobind Singh Deo told the court that his client was ordered to self-quarantine for 10 days from Sept 1 to 10.

“I hereby request for a postponement for the trial which should take place from today until Sept 10. We apologise for all convenience caused,” the lawyer said.

With no objection from deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi allowed the postponement and ordered the trial to resume as scheduled from Sept 22 to 24.

Lim is facing four charges related to the undersea tunnel and major road construction projects in Penang.

On the first amended charge, Lim is accused of using his position as then Penang chief minister to obtain a bribe of RM3.3 million for helping a company secure the construction projects worth RM6,341,383,702. The offence was allegedly committed between January 2011 and August 2017 at the Penang Chief Minister’s Office.

On the second amended charge, Lim is accused of soliciting bribes amounting to 10% of the profits earned by the company as gratification to secure the project. The offence was allegedly committed near The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, between 12.30am and 2am in March 2011.

The Bagan MP also faces two charges of causing two plots of land belonging to the Penang government, worth RM208.8 million, to be disposed of to two companies linked to the state’s undersea tunnel project. The offences were allegedly committed at the Penang Land and Mines Office, Level 21, Komtar, on Feb 17, 2015, and March 22, 2017.

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