Matchfixer Eric Ding fails to quash conviction; prosecution wants longer jail term

Eric Ding Si Yang arrives at the State Courts for sentencing on July 24, 2014. Ding has failed in his bid to overturn his conviction for bribing three Lebanese football officials with sex provided by prostitutes. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Eric Ding Si Yang arrives at the State Courts for sentencing on July 24, 2014. Ding has failed in his bid to overturn his conviction for bribing three Lebanese football officials with sex provided by prostitutes. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Matchfixer Eric Ding Si Yang has failed in his bid to overturn his conviction for bribing three Lebanese football officials with sex provided by prostitutes.

The High Court on Friday dismissed his appeal. Justice Chan Seng Onn said he agreed with the findings of the district judge who found Ding guilty after a 25-day trial.

The prosecution has asked the High Court for a heavier punishment than the original three-year jail term, while 32-year-old Ding has appealed for a more lenient sentence.

Sentencing was adjourned for the prosecution and defence to first sort out issues regarding two separate charges that Ding is facing - for stealing a document and for obstructing investigations. He was sentenced on July 24 for providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches. He started serving his jail term immediately after he was denied bail pending appeal.