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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