LGE, Phang corruption trial postponed to Nov 14

(From left) Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's counsel R.S.N. Rayer, DPP Budiman Lufti Mohamed and businesswoman Phang Li Koon's counsel Datuk V. Sithambaram outside the High Court in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here has postponed the case management for the corruption trial involving Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon to Nov 14.

Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed the date after Lim's counsel R.S.N. Rayer said a Court of Appeal hearing on the constitutionality of Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act was pending.

The appellate court has fixed Aug 7 for trial in Putrajaya.

Rayer requested for the postponement of the case management as there could be a further appeal by the prosecution or defence.

Counsel Datuk V. Sithambaram represented Phang.

The prosecution was led by DPP Budiman Lufti Mohamed.

Section 62 of the MACC Act deals with the delivery of the defence's statement.

It states that the defence's statement and documents to be tendered as evidence must be delivered before the commencement of the trial.

Lim and Phang want Section 62 to be declared unconstitutional claiming it is against the tenet of "innocent unless proven guilty".

On June 30, 2016, Lim was charged with obtaining gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew by approving the conversion of two lots of agricultural land belonging to Magnificent Emblem into residential development while chairing a state Planning Committee meeting on July 18, 2014.

Lim faces another charge for allegedly using his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his bungalow in Pinhorn Road from Phang at RM2.8mil, below the market value of RM4.27mil, on July 28, 2015.

Phang is charged with abetment.

Both Lim and Phang have pleaded not guilty.

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