GEORGE TOWN =- The Penang High Court has fixed July 26 for case management for the graft trial involving Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Khoon.
High Court Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail set the date after the case was brought up for mention yesterday.
The date was fixed pending the trial and decision at the Court of Appeal on the constitutionality of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
Hisham Teh, who is counsel for Phang, said the trial at the appellate court will begin on April 27, this Thursday.
He said the trial was expected to take about two months.
“The court has agreed on the date (July 26) for us to update the court on the decision,” he said when met by reporters when met outside the courtroom.
Also present was RSN Rayer, representing Lim, while the prosecution was led by Datuk Razali Che Ani.
Rayer meanwhile said the defence will apply for a new date for case management if the decision at the appellate court was not delivered on July 26.
“This is taking into consideration the case may go to the Federal Court,” he said.
The defence filed the appeal after the Penang High Court in March ruled Section 62 of the Act was constitutional after Lim and Phang contended the provision violated the tenet of presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Both of them are facing charges under the Act for the sale and purchase of a bungalow in 2014.
Several trial dates were set for March until July but these have been vacated pending the outcome on the constitutionality of the Act. – The Sun