Kong Hee allowed to travel overseas

City Harvest Church founding pastor Kong Hee, who is facing three charges of criminal breach of trust, showed up at the Subordinate Courts yesterday to apply for permission to travel overseas.

This was granted after a hearing behind closed doors, with an increase to the initial bail amount of $500,000.

The lawyer who accompanied him to court, Mr Aaron Lee of Allen & Gledhill, declined to reveal the new bail amount or Kong's itinerary and travel dates.

But according to the City Harvest website, Kong is scheduled to attend the Wave Conference in Virginia Beach in the United States tomorrow and on Thursday. He is then listed as heading to Taipei for another event next week.

The 47-year-old and five other senior members of the mega church have been charged with misusing millions in church funds. Some of them also face charges of falsifying accounts.