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City Harvest trial: Accused fed auditors a pack of lies, says prosecution

Prosecutor says there is enough evidence for the defence to be called

Published on Apr 10, 2014 8:42 AM
Mr Andre Maniam said his client, Serina Wee, had not been dishonest and could not be guilty of criminal breach of trust since the “church money was used for church purposes”. -- ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

The prosecution in the City Harvest Church case mounted a stinging rebuttal yesterday as it sought to prove it had presented enough evidence for the trial to continue.

Tearing into arguments by the defence, Chief Prosecutor Mavis Chionh strived to show again that the six accused had varyingly cooked deals to misuse church funds, "fed a pack of lies" to auditors and "created false appearances in City Harvest's books".

"There is clearly enough evidence for the defence to be called," she said, after taking the court through a summary of the prosecution's case.

She was responding to defence lawyers who had argued that, despite 42 days of trial since last May and 14 prosecution witnesses, the prosecution had failed to show enough evidence for the charges against their clients.

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