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Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng acquitted of corruption charges

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Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been acquitted of corruption charges after the Attorney-General's chambers withdrew its case against him.

[GEORGETOWN] Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been acquitted of corruption charges after the Attorney-General's chambers withdrew its case against him.

According to news site Malaysiakini.com, the Penang High Court on Monday discharged Mr Lim of two charges - that he used his former position as Chief Minister of Penang to approve the conversion of land, and that he gained gratification for himself by buying a bungalow below market value.

Mr Lim had pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2016, when he was a member of the then-opposition Pakatan Harapan pact.

The acquittal comes after Mr Lim's lawyers argued that the charges against him were politically-motivated, and filed representations to the AG's chambers for the cases to be dropped after PH was elected to power in May.

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Businesswoman Phang Li Koon, from whom Mr Lim had bought the bungalow in 2015, was also acquitted of the corruption charge against her.

The prosecution had initially asked for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, reported Malayskini, but the judge ordered a full acquittal instead.

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