KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): The High Court in George Town, Penang, today granted the application by the defence for the corruption trial of Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng (pictured) and businesswoman Phang Li Koon to be adjourned to May 21, Bernama reported today.
Justice Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed May 21 for continuation of the trial as set earlier after taking into account Lim’s involvement in the impending general election.
“I’m applying for an adjournment as Parliament has been dissolved by the Prime Minister. So we need to prepare for the election. We do not know when the election is going to be held; I propose that proceedings be adjourned to early May for case management to determine the direction of the trial,” said Lim’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo.
Gobind also apologised for Lim’s absence owing to official matters that have to be handled by the latter, reported Bernama.
Gobind’s request was however objected to by the prosecution led by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud, who asked the court to proceed with the trial.