Guan Eng discharged from hospital, to attend his corruption trial on Thursday (Dec 16)

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  • Wednesday, 15 Dec 2021

PETALING JAYA: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng has been discharged from the hospital and will be present for his corruption trial on Thursday (Dec 16).

Lawyer Haijan Omar, who appeared for Lim in the trial for the undersea tunnel project in Penang on Wednesday told the Sessions Court that the Bagan MP will be present when Judge Azura Alwi asked if the accused was good to attend the hearing.

"I believe he has been discharged from the ward and will be able to attend court tomorrow (Thursday). That was what I was informed,” said Haijan.

Lim was not present at the trial on Tuesday (Dec 14) as he had been admitted to the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Sunday after having a medical procedure on Monday (Dec 13).

His lead counsel Gobind Sinigh Deo informed the court of his client’s absence and also apologised to the court.

In response, Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin wished Lim a speedy recovery but added that Lim should be more responsible when choosing dates to look into his health issues.

He said the prosecution was disappointed that Lim chose to get himself admitted a day before the hearing was scheduled to resume despite knowing that trial dates had been fixed for this week.

Judge Azura Alwi then invoked Section 264 of the Criminal Procedural Code that allows the dispensing of the presence of the accused in a trial, which went on without Lim’s presence on Tuesday and Wednesday until he returns on Thursday.

Lim, 60, was facing four corruption charges involving the proposed construction of an undersea tunnel and paired roads project in Penang.

For the first amended charge, Lim, who was also a former finance minister, was charged with using his position as then Penang chief minister to corruptly receive RM3.3mil to help Zarul Ahmad's company secure the 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, Lim was accused of soliciting 10% of profits from Zarul Ahmad to help the company be appointed for the same project.

Lim 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.

Lim was also charged with two counts of causing two lots of land worth RM208.8mil owned by the Penang state government 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 in Komtar on Feb 17, 2015, and March 22, 2017.

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