Prosecution to appeal against acquittal of ex-STTA president and manager

The prosecution has filed a notice of appeal in the acquittal of Choo Wee Khiang (above) over the misappropriation of $8,400 in 2005 from the Singapore Table Tennis Association (Stta). He was then the Stta president. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO
The prosecution has filed a notice of appeal in the acquittal of Choo Wee Khiang (above) over the misappropriation of $8,400 in 2005 from the Singapore Table Tennis Association (Stta). He was then the Stta president. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO

The prosecution has filed a notice of appeal in the acquittal of Choo Wee Khiang over the misappropriation of $8,400 in 2005 from the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA). He was then the STTA president.

Ms Koh Li Ping, a 45-year-old former high-performance manager with the association, was also cleared of abetting Choo to commit the offence. This verdict was delivered on Friday.

In reply to media queries, the Attorney-General's Chambers said on Tuesday that the prosecution has filed a notice of appeal in the matter of the prosecution versus Choo and Koh.

Choo, 59, has also been charged with accepting $1,500 from a teenage player in 2005, to give him more opportunities to play in tournaments. He is also accused of accepting a total of US$600 (S$765) from STTA coach Shi Mei Sheng in 2003 and 2004, to approve the use of two training facilities in China.

But the former Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC, who is widely credited with Singapore's silver medal success at the 2008 Olympics, is claiming trial and these three corruption charges have been stood down for the time being.

He was not in court for the pre-trial conference on Tuesday. The next pre-trial conference is on Sept 12.