Man escapes football match-fixing charges for now

Selvarajan Letchuman.
Selvarajan Letchuman.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Project manager Selvarajan Letchuman was awarded a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on charges of match-fixing because his two alleged Malaysian accomplices have absconded.

All three had been accused of attempted match-fixing of a Malaysian Super League game between LionsXII and Sarawak in May 2012.

Selvarajan, 49, was alleged to have given RM500 to Malaysian part-time referee Shokri Nor and offering up to RM15,000 to Shokri if the desired outcome was achieved. Shokri was supposed to be the referee that night but was replaced at the last minute before the match started as he had been picked up for questioning by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.

Shokri, 47, a Malaysian police officer, and S. Thanasegar, 38, a businessman and a former national state player, were charged with conspiracy-by-abetment to corruptly agree to receive the RM15,000 bribe to fix the result of the match. Both were released on bail of $50,000 each but absconded in August.

Selvarajan could be hauled back to court if new evidence emerges.