Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng has pleaded not guilty to a corruption charge relating to the Penang undersea tunnel project.
He was charged at the Special Corruption Court in Kuala Lumpur under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 today (7 August).
According to The Star
, the charge was relating to the controversial RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.
He is accused of asking for 10% of the profits from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Zulkifli as a bribe in order to awarded the contract for the project.
If found guilty under this chage, Lim could be fined up to five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000 (whichever higher) and face jail time of not more than 20 years.
Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi later fixed bail at RM1 million and ordered Lim to surrender his passport.
The next mention for the case would be on 9 September.
More days in court
Earlier reports detailed that Lim is expected to face an additional two abuse of power charges relating to a different case at the Penang Sessions Court on Tuesday (11 August).
This is supposedly with regards to the purchasing of a bungalow and land in Penang in 2015.
Last night, reports emerged detailing how Lim was arrested after arriving at the MACC headquarters at around 9.30pm.
MACC officials have been investigating the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project and have questioned Lim several times pertaining to the matter.