Ex-SCDF chief claims trial over corruption charges

Former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Commissioner Peter Lim will be claiming trial to charges of corruption.

The Straits Times reported that the 52-year-old is facing ten charges of corruption involving sexual favours with three female IT vendors.

His lawyers, K Bala Chandran and Hamidul Haq, are seeking clarification on the details of the case.

Local news reports said his lawyers will meet the prosecution to get more details, including the time, place and persons involved in the case, as well as how the sexual acts advanced the business interests of the three women and their IT companies.

They said they took issue with the charges saying that they were very general in nature and that there was a lack of clarity.

When asked how Mr Lim is holding up, Mr Chandran said he is fine but anxious about the case.

As he is suspended from duty and not allowed to resign, Mr Lim has yet to seek alternative employment.

Mr Chandran also said that Mr Lim's family is behind him even though they did not accompany him to court when he was first charged on June 6.

A pre-trial conference will be held on August 24. The case has been adjourned to August 26 and if convicted, Mr Lim could be jailed up to five years and fined $100,000 on each charge.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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