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Law professor leaned forward, face reddened and vomited

According to his lawyer who was advising Tey Tsun Hang, the law professor began hyperventilating in the middle of proceedings. -RazorTV

Wed, Jan 23, 2013

SINGAPORE - Law professor Tey Tsun Hang suffered a panic attack in court on day 9 of the sex-for-grades corruption trial. Before that, during his cross-examination with Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau (CPIB) deputy director Teng Khee Fatt, he had called Mr Teng a very 'sophisticated interrogator' who was able to play both the good and bad cop.

The 41-year-old started showing signs of discomfort after he concluded his cross-examination of Mr Teng.

He shuffled between the courtroom and washroom during the lunch break.

Soon after proceedings resumed at 2.30pm, his lawyer Peter Low asked for a break as the professor was hyperventilating.

Tey leaned forward in the dock with his head hung low and his face reddened. He vomited several times into a plastic bag, but appeared calmer after taking his medication and court proceedings resumed around 3.30pm.

Earlier in the day, the law professor claimed that he had broken down a few times when he was led to see the CPIB deputy director in his office on April 5 last year, the day he had his first two statements recorded at CPIB.

He said he found comfort in Mr Teng's gentle smile and friendly gesture after the harsh treatment by various CPIB officers)

Later on May 17 when he returned to CPIB to have his fourth statement recorded by Mr Teng himself, he said Mr Teng also apologised to him.

According to Tey, Mr Teng had told him: "I'm sorry for what they had done to you. I told them (my officers) do not do that anymore."

Mr Teng disagreed with the incident, but agreed that he had always asked Mr Tey to take a seat in his office as he always treated professor Tey with respect.

Tey went on to claim that on the very same meeting on May 17, Mr Teng had threatened him in Hokkien saying, "I stab you once you can die beautifully with your legs straight.

"But if you insist, I'll stab you tens of times, and you will die a most horrendous death."

Tey added that Mr Teng had also told him. "My concept of corruption is very zhun (accurate)." He further asserted that Mr Teng, a graduate of Nanyang University, threw an English-Chinese dictionary at him during the recordings of the May 17, 18 and 24 statements.

He claimed that the Chinese-educated CPIB deputy director would first look up the translations of the obscure English words that he used when he gave his statements.

Tey then put it to Mr Teng, "When you are not happy with those words (that I had used) you would not type them into the statements."

Mr Teng denied this claim saying that he had typed what the professor had said to him.

The CPIB deputy director said that he had asked professor to only look up the word "conscientious" for him in the dictionary, as he could not spell it.

The trial is adjourned to April 1, 2013 and the prosecution and defence may call new witnesses to the stand.

The judge will then have to decide if the both the professor and prosecution witness made their statements voluntarily.

If it is ruled that they had been coerced, the statements will not be admissible as evidence.

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