SINGAPORE - After a two-day trial, the then wife of alleged match-fixing kingpin Dan Tan Seet Eng was on Monday (June 13) found guilty of lying to an anti-graft investigator about two of his laptops, which she was trying to hide from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Guan Enmei, 41, had said during an interview at the CPIB office on June 6, 2013 that she had left her home with only a handbag and had not brought along a paper bag containing the two laptops. But this was untrue.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo, in her brief grounds of decision, said Guan knew that the laptops contained incriminating evidence and wanted to hide them from the CPIB.
The judge also said that Guan was not a credible witness and had lied while testifying in court.
During her trial last month, Guan had initially said that she was not aware of Tan's alleged involvement in international match-fixing in June 2013. But when confronted with newspaper reports during cross-examination, she admitted that she was aware of this.
The court had heard that on June 6 that year, Tan was asked to report to the CPIB office in Lengkok Bahru. Before he left home, he told Guan to take two laptops from the study, place them in a bag and hand him the bag after he was released.
That afternoon, Guan was herself told to report to the CPIB.
As her usual limousine driver was unable to pick her up from her home, he arranged for another driver to do so.
When the driver arrived at her home, Guan placed a white Dior paper bag in the back seat of the car before sitting in the front passenger seat.
She phoned Tan's alleged accomplice, Eric Ding Si Yang, for advice about the two laptops in the bag while on the way to CPIB.
On arriving at the CPIB carpark, Guan met her usual driver and asked him to safekeep the paper bag for her until she came out of the building.
He then waited for her at a nearby coffee shop, where graft investigators later seized the bag and two laptops.
When questioned about the laptops by a CPIB investigator, Guan insisted that she did not know anything about them.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Jasmin Kaur asked for four to six months' jail, noting that Guan's action were akin to an attempt to obstruct the course of justice.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Foo Cheow Ming said the false information that Guan gave was relatively minor and had minimal impact, if any, on CPIB investigations into Tan's alleged match-fixing activities. Mr Foo asked for a conditional discharge or a fine.
Guan is expected to be sentenced next Monday (June 20).
She is out on $10,000 bail.
Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the maximum punishment for a person who gives false or misleading information to a CPIB investigator is a $10,000 fine and one year's jail.
Tan, described by Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate", is being detained without trial under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act for the second time.
Now 52, Tan was first arrested on Sept 16, 2013.
Guan, a Singaporean from China, was Tan's third wife. She divorced him in July last year.