Guan Eng Trial Live Updates: Lim pleads not guilty, bail set at RM1mil


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  • Friday, 07 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng has pleaded not guilty to a bribery charge related to the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.

Lim, also the former chief minister of Penang (2008-2018), was accused of requesting 10% of the profits from Datuk Zarul Ahmad Zulkifli as a bribe in order to get the contract for the project.

Zarul is the senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), the firm which was awarded the project.

The MACC charged Lim under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a fine up to five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, and imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

The Star is reporting live from the courtroom; follow the proceedings here:

1.18pm: Lim departs the Duta Court Complex shortly after posting bail.

10.19am: Court proceedings are over, with next mention of the case set for Sept 9. Lim is expected to face more charges in the Penang Sessions Court next week.

10.14am: Judge Azura Alwi sets bail at RM1mil in two sureties, with RM500,000 to be paid today and the balance on Monday (Aug 10), and also orders Lim to surrender his passport to the court.

10.01am: Lim Guan Eng’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo requests a lower bail, saying his client will cooperate with the court and will attend all proceedings.

9.56am: Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin requests that bail be set at RM2mil, saying that corruption is a cancer on society.

9.52am: Lim pleads not guilty.

9.51am: Lim is charged with corruption over the controversial RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project. He is accused of requesting 10% of the profits from Datuk Zarul Ahmad Zulkifli as a bribe in order to get the contract for the project.

Zarul is the senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), the firm which was awarded the project.

Lim is said to have committed the offence in March 2011 close to the Gardens Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

The MACC charged Lim under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a fine up to five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, and imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

9.47am: Judge Azura Alwi enters the court. Proceedings have started.

9.40am: Lim Guan Eng is in the dock. His lawyers are fellow DAP members Ramkarpal Singh and Gobind Singh Deo. Also seen in the courtroom is Lim’s father, DAP stalwart leader Lim Kit Siang.

9.11am: DAP leader Gobind Singh Deo seen entering the Duta Court Complex.

9.07am: Lim Guan Eng arrives at Duta Court Complex escorted by MACC officers.

9.04am: Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow turns up at Duta Court Complex in a show of support.

8.57am: DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang and Tony Pua seen arriving at Duta Court Complex.

8.55am: Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil arrives at court complex.

8.52am: DAP leader Hannah Yeoh arrives at Duta Court Complex.

8.44am: Xavier Jayakumar and M. Kula among Pakatan Harapan leaders seen arriving at Duta Court Complex.

8.42am: The courtroom is still empty at present.

8.37am: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy arrives at Duta Court Complex.

8.33am: DAP supporters have started arriving, adding to the crowd at Duta Court Complex.

8.30am: Lim Guan Eng seen leaving the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

8.29am: Only 10 reporters allowed to cover the proceedings in the open court. The rest are told they will have to do so via video link. Many media members are disappointed.

7.58am: The crowd at the Duta Court Complex in KL starts to build up, made up mostly of media members. Lim Guan Eng's supporters are not visible yet

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