City Harvest trial: Kong Hee to appeal conviction and sentence

Kong said he had carefully considered the sentence and the court's decision since sentencing last week.
Kong said he had carefully considered the sentence and the court's decision since sentencing last week.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee, 51, has said he will be appealing against both his conviction and his eight-year jail term for misusing millions in church funds.

In a Facebook post on Friday (Nov 27) evening, Kong said he had carefully considered the sentence and the court's decision since sentencing last week.

"Whilst I respect the Court's decision, there are points which appear to be erroneous and warrant appeal. I will therefore be preparing to file an appeal against both my conviction and sentence," he wrote.

On Friday morning, the prosecution had also indicated it would be appealing to ask for stiffer sentences.

"I sincerely need your prayers during this process for a favorable outcome. The road ahead is long and arduous, but God's grace is sufficient for me. I love and appreciate you so much. Thank you for loving me and my family," said Kong.