PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo, who is acting as Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s lawyer in his corruption case, has told the Attorney-General to strop threatening his client.
Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, who is leading the prosecution team in the case, had issued a "final warning" to Lim on Saturday with regard to commenting on the charges against him.
"I call upon the Attorney-General to stop threatening my client, failing which I will not hesitate to move contempt proceedings against him in the Penang High Court," said Gobind in a statement.
He also challenged the A-G to produce evidence that he had cautioned Lim through his lawyers.
"I have not spoken to him since the day my client was charged and at no time has he ever raised any concerns with me personally over the matter until now in the press.
"Apandi should behave himself," Gobind said.
He urged the A-G to follow the rules of the Bar, adding that problems with an accused should be raised with the person’s lawyers.
"I take the view that every accused person is entitled to explain his position in response to charges against him," said Gobind.
"He is the Chief Minister of Penang and there is a need for him to explain to people why it is he claimed trial to those charges and why it is he claims innocence.
"It would be absurd to suggest that the Public Prosecutor can prefer charges against anyone but they cannot say anything in response except and until their day in court," he said.
Lim is accused of using his position as Chief Minister to obtain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew by approving an application to convert two lots of agricultural land for residential purposes during a state planning committee meeting on July 18, 2014.
He also faces a charge for using his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.27mil on July 28, 2015.