Match-fixer fails in second bid for bail pending appeal

Convicted match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang will continue to serve his prison sentence for corruption until his appeal is heard, after the courts denied him bail a second time on Friday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
Convicted match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang will continue to serve his prison sentence for corruption until his appeal is heard, after the courts denied him bail a second time on Friday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

Convicted match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang will continue to serve his prison sentence for corruption until his appeal is heard, after the courts denied him bail a second time on Friday.

Rejecting Ding's bid to stay his three-year jail term pending his appeal against conviction and sentence, Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin said that once a person is convicted, bail is only permitted where there are special reasons.

However, to ensure that "unnecessary prejudice" is not caused to the 32-year-old businessman, he ordered that the hearing of Ding's appeal be scheduled as soon as possible.

Ding was sentenced to three year's jail on July 24 for providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches. He began serving his prison term immediately after his application for bail pending appeal was denied.

District judge Toh Yung Cheong had considered Ding a flight risk and concluded that he would tarnish Singapore's reputation if he ran off.

Ding then filed a motion in the High Court, making a second attempt to stay his sentence and be released on bail pending appeal.