Guan Eng's Penang undersea tunnel project corruption trial postponed due to Covid-19 quarantine

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 8): The hearing for the corruption trial of former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng involving the Penang undersea tunnel project, which was supposed to resume today till Friday (Sept 10), has been postponed. 

Lim's lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is also Puchong MP and fellow DAP comrade, told the court today that his client had been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive patient and as such, is under a 10-day quarantine order from Sept 1 to 10. 

"Therefore, we humbly request that the date of the trial for Sept 8, 9 and 10 shall be vacated," Gobind said in a letter to the court, sighted by The Edge

It is understood that there was no objection by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharudin Wan Ladin against the application. 

The trial before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi will resume on Sept 22.

In this trial, Lim, who is also a former finance minister, is facing four charges in relation to the undersea tunnel project. He is accused of soliciting a 10% cut in profits from the project from Consortium Zenith BUCG's managing director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli, of seeking RM3.3 million in kickbacks to appoint Zarul's company to undertake the project, and another two charges of dishonestly misappropriating RM208.7 million worth of state land to two companies.

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