Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cops zoom in on Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has been told to contact the state police to fix a time and date for his statements to be recorded in relation to six reports against him.

NONEAccording to the notice issued by the police, the probe is based on reports lodged in Penang - in Sungai Nibong, Kg Baru, Kubang Semang, Seberang Jaya, Sungai Pinang and Kepala Batas.

The notice said the alleged offences comprise four counts of participating in an illegal assembly, one of violating the Sedition Act 1948 and three counts of criminal defamation.

Lim's lawyer, Jagdeep Singh Deo, described the investigations as a form of harassment.

"The police are listing six cases to be investigated. This clearly shows intention to harass the chief minister, but he will cooperate fully with the police," he told a press conference today.

The reports were lodged this year although the dates are not specified. Little else is known about the alleged offences or the complainants.

"If chief minister is to defend himself, he has to know what he is being accused of," the lawyer said.

Lim: No comment

Jagdeep, who is Datuk Keramat state assemblyperson, said he will submit a request to the state police chief for copies of the police reports.

Urging the police to investigate the allegations fairly, he also pointed out that they should investigate all reports lodged, regardless of the status of the person involved.

NONE“Many reports have been lodged against others - the prime minister, menteris besar and cabinet members. I want to know whether the police are investigating those allegations,” added Jagdeep (extreme right in photo).

Lim, who was at the press conference, declined comment beyond saying that his lawyers are handling the matter.

The chief minister has recently come under relentless attacks from groups that have accused him of 'discriminatory' state policies against the Malays.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

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