Lawyer lodges MACC report calling for AG to be probed over LGE’s acquittal

Lim Guan Eng.

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyer Abu Backer Sidek today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) calling for Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas to be investigated in connection with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s acquittal on corruption charges.

This is based on his belief that Thomas was responsible for giving the “blessing” for the charges against Lim to be dropped as the law states that only the AG can prosecute or drop charges.

Abu Backer claimed that Thomas was Lim’s personal lawyer for 10 years before assuming the post of AG.

“I have proof and I challenge Tommy Thomas to deny it. His (Thomas) law firm handles many of Lim’s affairs, showing there is conflict of interest,” he told reporters after lodging the report at MACC here today.

Abu Backer urged MACC to appeal against the decision of the Penang High Court at the Court of Appeal for Lim’s case to be re-opened.

Yesterday, the Penang High Court acquitted Lim, who is former Penang chief minister, and businesswoman Phang Li Koon, on corruption charges over the purchase of a bungalow below the market value after the prosecution withdrew the charges against them.