Guan Eng to stand trial in June next year over Penang undersea tunnel project corruption case

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng will be facing trial in June next year over charges of corruption involving the Penang undersea tunnel project.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi fixed several dates between June and December, starting on June 8.

During the case management on Monday (Dec 21), Lim also pleaded not guilty to two amended charges.

The first amended charge was of soliciting gratification to help a company to secure the Penang undersea tunnel project, while in his capacity as the chief minister of Penang then.

The alleged bribe by Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli was in the form of 10% of the profit that would be made by the latter’s company.

He was accused of soliciting the bribe nearby The Gardens Hotel at Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City here in March 2011, between 12.30am and 2am.

The second amended charge was receiving RM3.3mil as an inducement to help Zarul Ahmad’s company secure the undersea tunnel project, valued at RM6.34mil.

He was alleged to have received the bribe while in his capacity as the chief minister of Penang then, at the Chief Minister’s office in the Komtar building in George Town, Penang, between January 2011 and August 2017.

Both charges were punishable under Section 24(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, with up to 20 years’ prison and a fine of not less than RM100,000 or five times the value of the gratification.

The prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, while Gobind Singh Deo acted as Lim’s lawyer.

Speaking to reporters after, Gobind said he had requested the date to give enough time for the defence to go over the eight volumes of documents handed over by the prosecution.

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