Guan Eng under home quarantine, graft trial postponed


KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng's graft trial, which was initially scheduled to resume on Wednesday (Sept 8), has been postponed after he was declared to be a close contact of an individual with Covid-19.

His lawyer Gobind Singh told the Sessions Court that the former Penang chief minister was required to undergo a mandatory self-quarantine at home from Sept 1-10.

This means that Lim would not be able to attend the Sept 8-10 dates initially set for the trial.

Lim is scheduled to undergo a second Covid-19 test on Wednesday, with his quarantine band to be cut on Friday (Sept 10).

The trial will now resume from Sept 22-24, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.

Guan Eng, 60, is facing four corruption charges involving the construction of an undersea tunnel and paired roads project in Penang.

For the first amended charge, the Bagan MP is charged with using his position as then Penang chief minister to corruptly receive RM3.3mil to help a company owned by Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to secure the undersea tunnel and paired roads project in Penang worth RM6,341,383,702.

The offence was allegedly committed between January 2011 and August 2017 at the Penang chief minister's office.

For the second amended charge, Guan Eng is charged with soliciting 10% of profits from Zarul to help the company be appointed for the same project.

Guan Eng was charged with committing the offence near The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City here in March 2011, between 12.30am and 2am.

The former finance minister was also charged with two counts of causing two lots of land owned by the Penang government worth RM208.8mil to be disposed of by the developer linked to the undersea tunnel project.

The offences were allegedly committed at the Penang Land and Mines Office, Komtar on Feb 17, 2015, and March 22, 2017.

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