KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in the trial of former transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, charged with cheating, asked for extension of time until the end of October to allow the Attorney-General's Chambers more time to consider the letter of representation sent to them by the defence.
Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Nordin Hassan, who led the prosecution team, confirmed that they needed more time to consider the representation before they could make a final decision.
Chan's counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan did not object to Nordin's request.
High Court judge Datuk Zamani A. Rahim voiced his concern that the delay of the trial may result in the public getting the impression that it was the court that was causing the delay.
The judge, however, granted the extension and fixed Oct 31 for the next mention.
He also commented on Tan's application to recuse himself from hearing the case.
"You are keen to jettison me from this case. I've never seen your client before this case, but never mind, you can pursue your application. That is your right. But I heard that all the three criminal High Court judges here are going to be transferred."
He then agreed to Tan's suggestion for the recusal application to be heard on the next mention date.