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Prosecution wraps up case in City Harvest trial, with final leg of trial to start on July 14

Published on Feb 10, 2014 8:53 PM
 
City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee leaves the Subordinate Courts on Feb 10, 2014. Prosecutors on Monday closed their case in the high-profile City Harvest Church trial, which has run for nine months and involved 14 witnesses so far. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 

Prosecutors on Monday closed their case in the high-profile City Harvest Church trial, which has run for nine months and involved 14 witnesses so far.

They continued to seek to show that two firms linked to the church, Firna and Xtron Productions, were puppets for alleged sham transactions.

They tried to back this up with the testimony of prosecution witness Foong Ai Fang, a manager from audit firm Baker Tilly who had overseen Xtron's FY2009 audit. Ms Foong, the final witness, pointed out that it was unusual for the church leaders to be consulted over how to explain the funds exchanged between the church and Xtron.

At the heart of this case are six church leaders, including founder and senior pastor Kong Hee, who are accused of funnelling $24 million meant for the church's building fund into sham bond investments in Firna and Xtron between 2007 and 2009.

 
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