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Updated: 03/22/2013 01:00 | By Channel NewsAsia

Judge rules ex—SCDF chief Peter Lim has case to answer

Judge rules ex—SCDF chief Peter Lim has case to answer

Judge rules ex—SCDF chief Peter Lim has case to answer

SINGAPORE: The former chief of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Peter Lim, will take the stand in his corruption trial on Monday, after District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim ruled there is a case for him to answer.

Earlier, Lim’s lawyer had challenged the evidence put forth by the prosecution.

Mr Hamidul Haq said in his submissions in court on Thursday that so far, the prosecution has shown only a "speculation of corruption", as opposed to a "real and distinct" possibility.

He said Lim has no case to answer.

Mr Haq said the prosecution has failed to show the link between corruption and the oral sex which took place between Lim and Madam Pang Chor Mui in May 2010, when Mdm Pang was a general manager of Nimrod Engineering.

He said evidence in court had shown that Mdm Pang had not been under any pressure when she performed oral sex on Lim.

He stressed that Lim had not solicited the oral sex from her.

Mr Haq said Mdm Pang performed the act in her personal capacity and not as an agent of Nimrod Engineering as she was not authorised by her company to secure business dealings with the SCDF.

There was also no evidence that Lim was beholden to Mdm Pang after the act took place as he had not indicated that he was prepared to do something for her in future.

"Such a charge must be premised on a word, act or suggestion that something would be done in return," said Mr Haq.

He pointed out that Lim had only made an enquiry with Mdm Pang on 17 March 2011 about walk—through radiation portal monitors.

Lim, he said, did not indicate that the SCDF was going to call a tender.

The prosecution, which wrapped up its case on Wednesday, had maintained that it had presented enough evidence to show that Lim had corrupt intent when he obtained oral sex from Mdm Pang.

— CNA/ir

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