Businessman accused of match-fixing now charged with theft

The Singaporean businessman accused of supplying prostitutes to three Lebanese match officials to fix an Asian Football Confederation Cup game was charged on Friday with the theft of a document.

Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, is said to have committed this offence on April 24 in an interview room at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) at Lengkok Bahru. In the charge read out in a district court, the stolen document was described as a receipt from M&C Law Corporation in Suntec City.

He has been in police custody since Wednesday and his new lawyer, Mr Lim Khoon, asked the prosecution to explain the basis for any further remand. Deputy Public Prosecutor Alan Loh said Ding committed a fresh offence while on bail and investigations have not been completed. He informed the district court that Ding had been asked by CPIB officers to open a safe that had been seized from his home in the investigation of the match-fixing charges.

Ding is said to have tried to steal the receipt from the safe by shoving it into his sock. The court also heard that the prosecution intends to have Ding's bail revoked. District Judge Kessler Soh then ordered Ding to be remanded till the next mention on May 3.

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