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Ex-Transport Minister Chan's trial of PKFZ case put off again
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today postponed to Oct 31 the trial of former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy who is charged with cheating the government in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.
High Court Judge Datuk Zamani Abdul Rahim set the date following a request by the prosecution.
He said this was the third request for postponement of the case made before him and hoped it would be a final one.
"After this, I will hear the case even if the decision on the representation does not favour the defence," he said.
Zamani, who is from Penang, also said he did not want others to misconstrue his coming down to the Kuala Lumpur High Court for "makan angin" (sightseeing) with the postponement of the case.
He also set the same date to hear an application by the defence for him to recuse himself from hearing the case, and an application from Chan for one of the three Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court judges to hear the case.
Chan faces three counts of cheating former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by deceiving him into approving Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) as the turnkey developer for the RM1.9 billion transport hub in Pulau Indah Free Zone and renovation works at the PKFZ site, between 2004 and 2006. Chan, 57, allegedly concealed the fact that the project would be funded by a KDSB bond through Transshipment Megahub Berhad, supported by himself as transport minister.
He was charged with committing the offences at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister's Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya.
The charge, under Section 417 of the Penal Code, carries a five year imprisonment or fine or both, upon conviction. -- BERNAMA