Updated: 02/18/2013 22:01

Prosecution says Peter Lim knew reason for oral sex at start of trial; defence says intimacy stems from friendship

Prosecution says Peter Lim knew reason for oral sex at start of trial; defence says intimacy stems from friendship

The prosecution in the sex-for-contracts corruption trial of former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim has set out its case in court.

In his opening statement, lead prosecutor Tan Kiat Pheng said Lim knew that Nimrod Engineering was an existing vendor to the agency at the time of his alleged offence in May 2010.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan told the court on Monday (18 Feb) that Nimrod had supplied products to the SCDF and provided after-sales warranty services for those products.

He said when Lim obtained oral sex from Ms Pang Chor Mui, he knew she was the General Manager in Nimrod and "he knew that she was aware of his position as the Commissioner of SCDF".

It is the prosecution's case that Lim knew or had reason to believe that Ms Pang would give in to his request for oral sex, as Ms Pang was interested in having further business dealings between her company and SCDF.

DPP Tan added that Lim also knew that Ms Pang was aware that he was involved in the approval process for contracts awarded by SCDF to vendors.

Defence counsel Hamidul Haq argued that Lim "categorically denies" any allegation of corruption.

He said the charge against Lim does not specify the act of corruption and fails to link the physical encounter between Ms Pang and Lim to the alleged corrupt act.

Mr Haq added that Lim does not have guilty knowledge nor corrupt intent as the intimacy between the two arose out of a longstanding friendship.

He added that there was no intention by Ms Pang to use the sexual act as an inducement.

Mr Haq said the SCDF tender was an open, not closed, process.

In summary, he said Lim's only wrongdoing was his "personal indiscretion" but the state "is not responsible for policing marital vows".

Lim, 52, is accused of obtaining oral sex from Ms Pang in May 2010 at a carpark in Stadium Walk.

She's expected to take the stand as a witness for the prosecution during the trial, which is expected to last until 21 March.

Nine other charges of corruption against Lim were stood down in 2012 and will be dealt with separately.

They revolve around sex with two other women - senior executives Esther Goh of IT firm NCS, and Ms Lee Wei Hoon of Singapore Radiation Centre.

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