The trial of former Wardley chief executive Ewan Launder was yesterday delayed for a further two weeks to enable defence lawyers to analyse new witness statements. Lawyers for both sides have just returned from Calgary and Los Angeles where statements were taken from 11th-hour witnesses. The trial, originally scheduled to start on March 1, was initially deferred to allow this evidence to be collected. Yesterday, Deputy Judge Gareth Lugar-Mawson adjourned the case for a fortnight, to begin on April 12. Launder's counsel, barrister Alexander King, told the judge the evidence-gathering exercise had been completed, but time was needed to 'clarify the issues and reduce the areas of contention in relation to this trial'. The judge stressed that no further adjournments would be granted to either side. Among 13 corruption charges, Launder is accused of granting favours to and accepting $31.95 million in bribes from George Tan Soon-gin, former chief of the defunct Carrian empire.