The Straits Times
Published on Nov 03, 2012
Ex-CNB chief on trial

Prosecution stretched anti-graft laws to absurdity, says defence


Defence lawyer Tan Chee Meng on Friday charged that the prosecution had stretched Singapore's corruption laws to the point of absurdity.

They had followed its letter and not its spirit, he said, maintaining that Ng Boon Gay had no case to answer.

The former Central Narcotics Bureau chief faces four charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The prosecution had relied on Sections 8 and 9 of the Act, which takes the position that any civil servant who obtains gratification from someone who has or is seeking business dealings with the Government is presumed to have done so corruptly. The onus is on the civil servant to prove otherwise.