PUTRAJAYA: The cheating case of former transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy (pic) relating to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal will be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Sessions judge Azhaniz Teh Azman allowed an application by DPP Datuk Nordin Hassan to transfer the case.
Azhaniz also struck out Chan’s application to have his trial stayed pending disposal of the cheating trial of former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik after he (Chan) withdrew the application, with liberty to file the application afresh.
Chan’s defence team said that they are waiting for more documents.
“Since (Dr Ling’s) case is in High Court, I suppose the Attorney-General thinks it should be tried there as well,” counsel Arthur Wang said in an interview outside the court.
On Feb 28, Chan pleaded not guilty to three counts of deceiving former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi into approving Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd as the turnkey developer to carry out development of the Transhipment Hub project in the Pulau Indah Free Zone and renovation works at the PKFZ site amounting to RM1.9bil.
The former MCA deputy president was accused of committing the offence at the fourth floor of the main block at the former Prime Minister’s office in Perdana Putra building here between February 2004 and March 2006.
Chan, who was also former Selayang MP, faces a jail term of up to five years, a fine, or both for each charge under Section 417 of the Penal Code.
He was the second VVIP to be charged under the controversial PKFZ project after his predecessor and MCA president Dr Ling was charged in 2010, also for cheating.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail heads the prosecution and is assisted by DPPs Datuk Nordin Hassan, Dzulkifli Ahmad and Manoj Kurup. Chan is also represented by Badrul Munir Bukhari and Azad Bashir.
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