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The trial against alleged match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang resumed with The New Paper editor Dominic Nathan taking the stand.
Nathan yesterday flatly denied defence counsel Hamidul Haq’s claim during the first tranche of the trial in July that Ding “does investigative journalism to gather information for his colleagues in the newspaper to develop stories”.
Ding was never asked to work on match-fixing stories, said Nathan, although he was asked if he knew anything about personalities in match-fixing syndicates after reports broke about Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal’s arrest in Finland in 2011.
The 31-year-old businessman is accused of bribing three Fifa-accredited Lebanese officials – referee Ali Sabbagh, 34, and linesmen Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37 – with prostitutes to induce them into fixing a match.
The court heard that The New Paper had engaged Ding as a freelance writer from March 2006 until May 2012, during which he published a weekly column titled From The Ground and was on a panel of tipsters.
Known as the Lobang King, Ding was supposed to be the tipster who gave the feel of punters on the ground, of “somebody in the coffee shop, keeping tabs on what the common guy or the average Joe was talking about”, said Nathan. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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