'Sex for fixing match': Singaporean charged with obstructing investigations

Eric Ding Si Yang. PHOTO: ST FILE

The businessman held in remand over an alleged football match-rigging scandal now faces a new charge of obstructing police investigations.

In a district court on Friday. Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, is said to have failed to disclose the password to his laptop on April 25 at the Police Cantonment Complex in New Bridge Road.

It had been seized by officers of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in its probe into how he allegedly providing three Lebanese officials with prostitutes to fix a game.

Although the laptop featured the message: "Hard disk failure", checks by the police forensic team revealed that it was only password protected. However, Ding insisted he did not have the password and that the machine was broken.

Last week, he was charged with theft. While on bail for the corruption offences, he allegedly stole a document when asked by officers from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau on April 24, to open a safe seized from his home. He has been in remand since and yesterday, District Judge Kessler Soh doubled his bail to $300,000.

A pre-trial conference will be held on May 17 for all the charges.

The trial for the Lebanese officials - referee Ali Sabbagh, 33, and assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37 - will be held from June 10 to June 14.

Each faces one charge of accepting bribes in the form of sex with a prostitute in relation to the April 3 Asian Football Confederation Cup game between Tampines Rovers and East Bengal.

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