Alleged match-fixer goes on trial next month

Businessman Eric Ding Si Yang accused of match-fixing will go on trial next month.

A nine-day hearing has been scheduled at a pre-trial conference on Friday.

The 31-year-old is alleged to have corruptly provided three Lebanese soccer officials with prostitutes at Amara Hotel to fix a game on April 3.

The three Lebanese were convicted recently. Referee Ali Sabbagh, 34, was jailed six months while linesmen Abdullah Taleb, 37, and Ali Eid, 33, were each given three months' jail.

As their sentence were backdated to their remand on April 4, the two linesmen were released for good behaviour.

The three Lebanese will be among at least a dozen prosecution witnesses to testify during the trial from July 15 to 18, Aug 27 to 29 and Sept 2 and 3.

Ding also faces two other charges which will be stood down.

He is accused of perverting the course of justice when he concealed a receipt issued by M&A Law Corporation at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau on April 24.

He is also said to have failed to provide his laptop password to the police at the Criminal Investigation Department on April 25.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a jail term of up to five years on each charge.