SINGAPORE: The corruption trial involving Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang began on Monday morning.
Ding is accused of offering three Lebanese match officials sexual gratification in exchange for them agreeing to rig football matches.
Testifying for the prosecution, the Lebanese referee, Ali Sabbagh, said that he knew Ding as James Zen.
The two had made contact in 2012.
Sabbagh, who is serving a six-month jail term for match fixing, said that Ding emailed YouTube videos showing how to fix matches by awarding penalties.
Ding is charged with three counts of corruption and if found guilty could face a five-year prison term and a fine of up to S$100,000 for each count of corruption.
The trial continues on Tuesday. - CNA/xq
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