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Prosecution given more time on Guan Eng case

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GEORGE TOWN, Sept 30 2016 : The High Court here today set Dec 6 for further case management of the corruption case involving Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over the purchase of a bungalow at below market value.

Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail set the date to enable the prosecution to complete its documents and submit them to the defence team and the court.

Hadhariah said she did not want the case to be delayed. The prosecution was conducted by DPPs Masri Mohd Daud and Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar while lawyers Gobind Singh Deo and Hisyam Teh Poh Teik represented Lim and Phang, respectively.

Lim pleaded not guilty on June 30 to charges of corruption in relation to the conversion of land from agricultural to residential and the purchase of a plot of land and bungalow at below market value.

On the first count, Lim was charged as a civil servant, namely as the Chief Minister of Penang, for using his position to gain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in southwest Penang to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.

Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing the Penang State Planning Committee meeting at the Operations Room, Level 28, Komtar Building here on July 18, 2014.

He was charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction. – Bernama

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