Judge in Guan Eng’s trial wants texts record

KUALA LUMPUR: A prosecution witness in Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial has been ordered by the judge to produce a digital copy of WhatsApp conversations between two businessmen linked to the former Penang chief minister.

The Sessions Court issued the order after Lim’s lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo informed judge Azura Alwi that similar message threads between Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZCSB) director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli and businessman G. Gnanaraja had been produced in a separate trial in Shah Alam, believed to involve the latter.

Azura also instructed the eighth prosecution witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) forensics department investigating officer Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Yusof, to provide particulars of the MACC officer who had prepared the forensic report of Ahmad Zarul’s phone extraction that was produced at the Shah Alam trial.

Gnanaraja is one of the prosecution witnesses in Lim’s trial. He had claimed trial at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on April 3, 2019 to three charges of cheating Zarul Ahmad of RM19mil.

Earlier, Wan Mohd Firdaus had agreed with Gobind’s suggestion that there was a separate forensic report produced, from extraction from the same handphone.

He testified that the report was produced by another officer from the same department for the Shah Alam trial.

Questioned by Gobind, Wan Mohd Firdaus told the court that he only extracted information based on certain dates.

Gobind: You only extracted information based on certain dates.? You did not see whole copy?

Wan Mohd Firdaus: Yes.

Gobind: Were you required to see the whole copy?

Wan Mohd Firdaus: No. We needed to find some things that were specific.

Lim, 61, is facing an amended charge of using his position as Penang chief minister to solicit RM3.3mil in bribes as an inducement to assist Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG) owner, Zarul Ahmad, to secure a project worth RM6,341,383,702.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Penang Chief Minister’s Office, Level 28, Komtar, George Town, between Jan 2011 and Aug 2017. In the second amended charge, he is accused of soliciting a bribe of 10% of the profit from the company as gratification to secure the project. The offence was allegedly committed near The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City here in March 2011.

Lim faces another two charges of causing two plots of land worth RM208.8mil, belonging to the Penang government, to be disposed of to two companies linked to the state’s undersea tunnel project.

The trial will continue on Oct 19. — Bernama

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