KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has granted the Attorney-General leave Wednesday to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Lim Guan Eng.
The A-G said that the Penang Chief Minister had issued media statements with the knowledge it would interfere with the administration of justice, erode the public confidence against the judiciary and insult the dignity and integrity of the Malaysian courts.
Lim, 56, had claimed that the two corruption charges he was facing were a "conspiracy" against him as well as "trumped-up".
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah allowed application for leave to initiate the committal proceedings against Lim after hearing an ex-parte submission by Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh, who led his four-man team in chambers.
Speaking to reporters later, Amarjeet said they would initiate committal proceedings against Lim within two weeks.
According to the originating summons filed on Aug 18, Lim had implied that the court was involved in the conspiracy and was facing jail on "trumped-up corruption charges" in a statement made after the launching of "Simposium Dr Wu Lian Teh" by the Penang Institute in Jalan Brown, George Town Penang in July.
Lim was slapped with and claimed trial to two corruption charges at the George Town High Court on June 30.
The first charge was over the rezoning of two plots of agricultural land in Balik Pulau to residential use, said to benefit the plots' owner Magnificent Emblem.
The second charge was over the purchase of his bungalow on Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8mil, which was allegedly below the market price of RM4.27mil on July 28, last year from businesswoman Phang Li Koon.