Match-fixing trial: Deported Lebanese linesmen say 'no' to returning to testify
The match-fixing trial of businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, resumed on Tuesday with two key prosecution witnesses, who were expected to testify, now not showing up.
Ding is accused of bribing three Lebanese Fifa officials with free sexual favours from prostitutes, in return for fixing a match.
Fifa linesmen Abdallah Taleb, 37, and Ali Eid, 33, had been deported on June 10 after serving jail terms of three months each. They were expected to return to Singapore to testify against Ding.
"Each of them say they have made clear and detailed statements in their involvement with Ding Si Yang, and have nothing to add to the statement which can assist the prosecution in the trial," said Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) officer Jeffrey Tan, who took the stand in an ancillary hearing to determine the admissibility of their statements.