Bar Council: CM’s Arrest Unnecessary

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PETALING JAYA, Jul 12 – The Malaysian Bar said it is premature to call for the resignation of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in the light of corruption charges against him. Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said there is no strict legal requirement for him to do so.

“However, there appears to be instances where a public official facing prosecution for an alleged criminal offence has vacated office (temporarily or permanently), if there is a real or apparent risk of direct or indirect interference by the official in investigatory and/or prosecutorial decisions,” he said in a statement today.

He in a statement today said as the prosecution of Lim Guan Eng has already commenced, the investigation will presumably have been completed. In the meanwhile, he also said that there should no longer be any possibility of interference with the investigation.

Steven said on the face of the charges, the evidence is uncertain and it would be premature at this stage to decisively conclude whether Lim should still remain in office. He also questioned the manner in which Lim was treated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials when he was arrested on June 29.

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