The Newsmaker: On his run-in with the law, former star DPP Glenn Knight: I am not infallible

He was once a star DPP, feared by many defence lawyers. In 1984, he was picked to start the Commercial Affairs Department. Yet, the commercial crime buster, was found guilty of commercial crime in 1991.

SINGAPORE - He shone and dazzled through his stellar career in Singapore’s legal service. The peak of his 21-year career was when he founded the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), charged with the duty of bringing commercial criminals to task. But it all came crashing down in 1991, when he was probed and subsequently convicted of commercial crimes. 

Following his first conviction, Glenn Knight was disbarred from legal practice in 1994. Four years later, he was convicted again for misappropriating CAD funds during his stint as director.  It took more than a decade before his application to be reinstated was granted in 2007,  making him the sixth lawyer to be reinstated to the Law Society in Singapore.

Speaking from his small office in Toa Payoh North, Glenn Knight, now 71, is mellow, soft-spoken and pensive. He takes a look back at his fall from grace, and shares his thoughts on the path he's travelled.

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