Ex-CNB chief’s trial resumes

THE sex-for-contracts trial invol­ving former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay resumed with Oracle Corporation global lead for justice and public safety Koh Hong Eng first to take the witness stand.

Koh is set to shed more light on an SMS exchange between him and Cecilia Sue, who apparently had asked him for advice on the contracts she was handling.

He was apparently also the one who contacted Ng about a trip to Macau in December last year.

The text messages between Koh and Sue, who was said to have provided sexual favours to Ng, were read out in court yesterday.

Among them were discussions between the two about how to secure business from the CNB and Singapore Civil Defence Force, and the suitable software to offer these two Home Team agencies.

It was also revealed in court that Koh and Ng were in the same batch of police scholars. Both men were also university classmates.

Ng, 46, is accused of four counts of corruption for obtaining oral sex from Sue between July and December last year in exchange for helping to further the interests of her employers.

She had been working for Hitachi Data Systems and Oracle Singapore during that period.

Sue is not slated to appear in court any more but court proceedings on this day seven of the trial should provide a clearer picture of whether she was lying in court a month ago, or to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in earlier statements she had given the anti- graft cops.

CPIB deputy director for in­vestigations Teng Khee Fatt was next to take the stand.

He is one of three officers who recorded Sue’s statements, major portions of which pointed to an affair with Ng, who will also take the stand in the following days.

They were not on the prosecution’s initial list of five witnesses and the decision to summon them was taken after the first part of the trial ended on Oct 2.

Their testimony will likely revolve around the veracity of Sue’s CPIB statements and whe­ther she was coerced to give in­formation.

These questions cropped up when Sue was grilled by defence lawyer Tan Chee Meng and Depu­ty Public Prosecutor Tan Ken Hwee during the earlier parts of the high-profile trial. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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