PUTRAJAYA, June 1 2018 : Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali today withdrew his appeal over the committal proceedings against former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for allegedly issuing statements in relation to his ongoing corruption case.
Senior Federal Counsel Maisarah Juhari informed a three-member Court of Appeal panel led by Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli that the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which was representing the appellant (Mohamed Apandi), filed a notice of discontinuance of the appeal yesterday and served it to the respondent’s (Lim’s) lawyers on the same day.
“We asked for no order (to be) made as to costs,” said Maisarah. Lim, who is now the Finance Minister, was represented by Mervyn Lai.
Justice Abdul Rahman, who heard the matter with justices Datuk Zaleha Yusof and Datuk Yaacob Md Sam, then struck out the appeal with no order as to costs.
Mohamed Apandi had appealed against the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision of Dec 6, 2017, allowing Lim’s application to set aside the leave obtained by him (Mohamed Apandi) to initiate committal proceedings against Lim.
On Sept 21, 2016, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted leave for the AG to initiate committal proceedings against Lim.
The AG filed an ex-parte originating summons on Aug 18, 2016, seeking to have Lim jailed for contempt of court for allegedly issuing statements in the print and/or social media “that were detrimental to the administration of justice, leading to erosion of the people’s confidence in the judicial system, and questioned the dignity and integrity of the courts.”
Mohamed Apandi said contempt of court should be frowned upon, failing which doubts could arise on the administration of justice in the country.
According to the AG, the statements made by Lim at a press conference in George Town, Penang, that the corruption charges against him were a conspiracy and that he would be jailed, could be clearly interpreted as the courts being also roped in to trump up the said charges.
On June 30, 2016, Lim pleaded not guilty at the Penang High Court to corruption charges related to the conversion of a parcel of land from agricultural to housing development status, and the purchase of a bungalow allegedly at below market price.
The case is awaiting trial at the High Court. – Bernama