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Updated: 01/13/2014 11:00 | By Channel NewsAsia

Trial of City Harvest Church leaders resumes

Trial of City Harvest Church leaders resumes


Trial of City Harvest Church leaders resumes

SINGAPORE: The trial involving the six leaders of City Harvest Church resumes on Monday with a new prosecution witness, Ms Tiang Yii.

She is a public accountant at Baker Tilly, an external audit firm hired by the church.

During the morning hearing, Ms Tiang testified that the audits were based on the information provided by the clients.

While the clients -- in this case the church's management board and its accountants -- provided documents to support their information, Ms Tiang pointed out that the audits cannot be absolutely accurate.

Church founder Kong Hee and five of his deputies are accused of misusing millions of dollars belonging to the church, between January 2007 and October 2008.

Kong Hee, John Lam, Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee are accused of channelling S$24 million into two companies -- Xtron and PT the First National Glassware (Firna) -- to boost singer Sun Ho's career.

Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan face a second set of charges -- misappropriation of some S$26 million to cover up the first sum.

The trial continues.

- CNA/nd

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