Updated: 03/05/2013 23:25

No Queen's Counsel for City Harvest accused

No Queen's Counsel for City Harvest accused

The High Court has dismissed an application by City Harvest Church member Chew Eng Han to engage a Queen's Counsel to defend him in the upcoming Criminal Breach of Trust trial. 

He is one of six church leaders accused of conspiring to cheat the church of millions of dollars. 

Mr Chew, who is the church's investment manager, said there was a lack of available local senior counsels with the appropriate expertise to represent him. 

But Justice V K Rajah said that Mr Chew's efforts to engage local legal counsel were not objectively reasonable and that a substantial pool of competent lawyers remains to be tapped. 

The accused church leaders are alleged to have funnelled S$24 million into sham bond investments to further the career of senior pastor Kong Hee's pop singer wife, Sun Ho. 

They are also said to have misappropriated another S$26.6 million to cover up the first sum. 

The trial is slated to begin in May.

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