12 graft busters were watching him

12 graft busters were watching him
Businessman Eric Ding, 31, who is involved in a sex-for-match-fixing trial.

SINGAPORE - He was being watched very closely hours before his arrest.

Armed with his photograph, the team of 12 graft busters began monitoring him in his residence from the evening of April 2.

The right moment finally came at about 2am on April 3, and businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, was nabbed after the officers trailed him as he drove.

Snippets of the "surveillance operation" were revealed during the sex-formatch- fixing trial Thursday, following a two-day ancillary hearing.

Ding is on trial for allegedly bribing three Lebanese match officials with "girls" who turned up at midnight, just hours before the trio were due to officiate an Asian Football Confederation match.

Entourage

During cross-examination, Ding's lawyer Thong Chee Kun questioned the need for an entourage to arrest a single man.

Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) officer Tan Keng Ghee, who was on the witness stand, replied: "The subject was driving, so this is part of the surveillance job."

The mission to nab Ding and the Lebanese trio started with a nugget of information received by CPIB's deputy director of intelligence, Mr Ang Seow Lian, Mr Tan told the court.

This was before the three KTV hostesses visited the Lebanese officials at Amara Hotel and had sex with them.

After arresting Ding, the CPIB officers found seven mobile phones on him, which piqued Mr Tan's curiosity.

When asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Grace Lim about the phones, Mr Tan said: "I asked (Ding) why he was carrying so many handphones. He told me he needed the handphone to contact his girls."

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