Trial adjourned as Ku Nan files motion for judge to recuse himself

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  • Thursday, 19 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Thursday (Sept 19) adjourned the corruption trial involving Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to give time for the prosecution to file an affidavit in reply to a motion filed the day before by the former Federal Territories minister's legal team.

Lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, representing Tengku Adnan, informed the court that the defense had filed a motion: namely, to ask High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali to recuse himself from the case, and for the case to be transferred to another High Court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim told the court that since the prosecution team only received the motion at about 4pm on Wednesday, the team needed time to file a responding affidavit.

Justice Mohd Nazlan then fixed Friday (Sept 20) to hear the motion in court.

The motion was filed by the defence following the guilty plea by businessman Datuk Tan Eng Boon, 71, on Tuesday (Sept 17), on the alternative charge of abetting Tengku Adnan in receiving an RM1mil bribe.

Tan was originally charged with bribing Tengku Adnan with RM1mil through a Public Bank cheque of Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd and deposited into Tengku Adnan's account, while he held the office of Federal Territories minister.

On Nov 15 last year (2018), Tengku Adnan, 69, claimed trial to a corruption charge.

The Putrajaya MP was charged with receiving RM1mil from Tan through a Public Bank cheque deposited into his account.

It is alleged that the RM1mil acted as an inducement to approve an application by Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio for the development of a plot of land at Lot 228, Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur.

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