DPP explains why Guan Eng's case was dropped

File photo of Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng speaking during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 24, 2018.
File photo of Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng speaking during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 24, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The corruption case against Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was dropped after fresh evidence surfaced during the trial, a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) said in a statement issued yesterday.

DPP Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria said that fresh evidence had arisen during the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses that "substantially weakened" the charges against the minister. He did not give further details of the evidence.

The statement comes amid calls for the Attorney-General's Chambers to explain its decision to withdraw charges against the minister, with politicians and civil society groups questioning the independence of government institutions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2018, with the headline 'DPP explains why Guan Eng's case was dropped'. Print Edition | Subscribe