Former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim Sin Pang, who is embroiled in a sex-for-contracts case, will claim trial to charges of corruption.
His lawyers, Mr Hamidul Haq and Mr K. Bala Chandran, are pressing the prosecution for more clarity on the charges. Mr Haq of Rajah & Tann said after a pre-trial conference yesterday,
"They are very general in nature for now and we need to get the details.
"If we don’t have them, it makes our job harder, and these details should not be unreasonably withheld."
Both lawyers wanted to know how Lim's alleged offences had advanced the 'business interests' of the companies of the woman he allegedly had sex with. This is a similar track taken by the lawyers of former Central Narcotic Bureau (CNB) head Ng Boon Gay, who is also facing facing charges of corruption.
52-year-old Lim, a former government scholarship recipient who is married, faces 10 counts of corruption. Between May 2010 and November last year, he is said to have obtained sexual gratification from Ms Esther Goh Tok Mui, Ms Pang Chor Mui and Ms Lee Wei Hoon separately, in exchange for advancing the business interests of their companies with the SCDF.
Lim’s case is the biggest graft affair involving a public servant in two decades. His next pre-trial conference will be on Aug 24.
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