Brompton bikes case: Accused's lawyer, prosecutors to meet

Brompton bikes case: Accused's lawyer, prosecutors to meet
National Parks Board assistant director Bernard Lim Yong Soon was charged on 29 August 2013 with two criminal counts of giving false information to government officials investigating NParks’ procurement of Brompton bikes from Bikehop Singapore.

SINGAPORE- The case of the National Parks Board (NParks) officer behind last year's Brompton bicycle procurement fiasco is headed for a criminal case management session (CCMS).

This was decided at yesterday's pre-trial conference in a district court.

The date of the CCMS has not been set.

But at this session, the defence lawyer and prosecutors will try to settle certain disputed facts and issues ahead of the pre-trial conference on Jan 8.

In September, Bernard Lim Yong Soon, who oversaw the purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles, said that he was claiming trial to the charge that he had lied to auditors investigating the deal.

The 41-year-old had allegedly denied he was a friend of a director of Bikehop, the supplier of the bikes.

A second charge alleges that Lim had persuaded the director to give the same false information to the auditors who, as a result of what was told to them, did not look further into the relationship.

This happened between June and July last year, when Lim was being questioned over the controversial purchase of the folding bicycles, which cost NParks $2,200 each.

But investigations did not uncover any elements of corruption, the authorities said in May.

Lim has been suspended on half-pay since July last year.

If convicted of giving false information to public servants, he could be jailed for up to a year, fined up to $5,000, or both.

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