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Alleged match-fixer Eric Ding chooses to remain silent in his corruption trial

Published on Apr 7, 2014 12:02 PM
 
Eric Ding Si Yang, a 32-year-old former freelance football tipster with The New Paper, is accused of bribing three Lebanese match officials with sex with prostitutes while the men were in Singapore last April to officiate an Asian Football Confederation match. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Alleged match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang chose not to give evidence in his own defence, as his long-running corruption trial resumed on Monday.

He did so even though District Judge Toh Yung Cheong had ruled in March that the prosecution had established a prima facie case, which meant there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial. Without his testimony, the court may draw an adverse inference against Ding.

The 32-year-old former freelance football tipster with The New Paper (TNP), published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is accused of bribing three Lebanese match officials with sex with prostitutes while the men were in Singapore last April to officiate an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match. The three men - referee Ali Sabbagh, 35, and linesmen Abdallah Taleb, 38, and Ali Eid, 34 - have been deported after serving jail time here for accepting bribes.

Ding's lawyers, Mr Hamidul Haq and Mr Thong Chee Kun, intended to call two defence witnesses, namely Lebanese lawyer Ayman Malek Fakih, who presided over statements made by the linesmen , and TNP special projects editor Jegathesan Rajagopal.

 
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