AG Drops Bid To Cite Guan Eng for Contempt of Court

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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 graft 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 (AGC), 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.

The AGC previously attempted to cite Lim for contempt over remarks he made after he was charged with corruption 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 while he was Penang chief minister.

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.