Sessions Court to hear case of businessman who allegedly bribed ex-FT minister

Tan Eng Boon has claimed trial to bribing former minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: The case involving a businessman who allegedly gave a RM1 million bribe to former Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for approval to raise the development-related ratio in Jalan Semarak here will be heard in the Sessions Court.

This is because deputy public prosecutor Lailawati Ali withdrew the application to transfer the corruption case against Tan Eng Boon, 70, from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah then revoked the application.

Counsel Faisal Moideen, representing Tan, protested the prosecution’s move to withdraw the application on the grounds that the defence had filed an affidavit in response to the application for transfer of the case to the High Court.

On Dec 26, 2018, the prosecution filed a request to transfer the case to the High Court.

On Nov 15 last year, Tan, who is also the director of a property development company, had pleaded not guilty to giving a bribe to Tengku Adnan.

He was accused of depositing a RM1 million Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd into Tengku Adnan’s CIMB Bank account.

Tan was charged with giving the bribe as a reward for Tengku Adnan’s approval of Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio relating to the development of Lot 228, Jalan Semarak, here.

The offence was allegedly committed at CIMB Bank Berhad, Putra World Trade Centre, Jalan Tun Ismail, here on Dec 27, 2013.

Tan also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of allegedly helping Tengku Adnan to commit the crime of accepting the RM1 million cheque as a public servant when the latter knew that Tan as a director in Nucleus Properties had links to his official duties.

He was charged with committing the offence at the same place and date under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 165 of the same law, which provides for a maximum jail term of two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.