Bar Council says 'not shocking' that charges against Lim Guan Eng dropped

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Bar Council has described the prosecution’s decision to withdraw corruption charges against Lim Guan Eng as “not shocking.” In a statement, its president George Varughese said it is the absolute prerogative of the Public Prosecutor to drop charges at any stage of a trial, before the delivery of judgment. He said this was provided under Section 254 of the Criminal Procedure Code. “It is not uncommon for lawyers representing accused persons to make representations to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) seeking withdrawal and/or reduction of the charge/s proffered against their clients. “And on a regular basis the AGC do accede to these representations. “Further the Deputy Public Prosecutor has since explained that it was his considered opinion that there is insufficient evidence to succeed at the end of the prosecution case. “Thus it is not “shocking” for the DPP to withdraw the charges as suggested by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC),” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd