Guan Eng out of IJN, to attend graft trial tomorrow

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng has been discharged from the National Heart Institute (IJN) and will attend his corruption trial in the sessions court tomorrow, his lawyers said.

“We will proceed tomorrow with his presence,” counsel Haijan Omar told Judge Azura Alwi.

The judge had earlier asked for an update on Lim’s health and if he would be attending court.

Yesterday, Lim’s Penang undersea tunnel corruption trial proceeded without his presence after the court was told that he had been admitted to IJN on Sunday for a medical procedure.

Lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo had requested that the court invoke Section 264 of the Criminal Procedure Code, where an accused person’s presence could be dispensed of.

Lim is standing trial on charges of using his position as then chief minister to ask Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd director Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli for a 10% cut of the profits from the undersea tunnel project, and accepting RM3.3 million in kickbacks from the businessman.

He is also accused of two counts of dishonestly misappropriating RM208.7 million worth of state land to two companies.

Earlier today, the court heard from Penang state assembly officer Mohd Farulizam Che Meh, who testified that Lim was sworn in as the chief minister for two terms on March 11, 2008 and May 7, 2013.

“As the former chief minister, he received RM14,175 as basic salary as well as RM30,200 in allowances.

“He also declared his assets. The details of his declaration were posted on the state government’s website,” Farulizam said.

The hearing continues tomorrow.

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