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Guan Eng acquittal: High Court dismisses review application

Lim Guan Eng

GEORGE TOWN (Oct 12): The High Court here today rejected an application by Facebook account holder Mohsin Abdul Latif for a review of the court’s decision in acquitting and discharging former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pictured) and businesswoman Phang Li Koon on corruption charges.

Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail said Mohsin as the complainant in the case had no locus standi to file the application.

"The applicant is the complainant in this case and not the accused. For criminal cases, according to Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, only the Attorney-General has the power to conduct or discontinue (any proceedings for an offence) and not the court.

"Other people cannot speak, the Attorney-General has the power. Like it or not, we have to follow Article 145 of the Federal Constitution," she said.

For criminal cases, she said any dissatisfied parties could file an application at the Court of Appeal.

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