City Harvest trial: Wahju's 3 fears

City Harvest trial: Wahju's 3 fears
Wahju Hanafi

SINGAPORE - As things started to unravel, church members got nervous, e-mail exchanges produced in court on Thursday showed. Indonesia tycoon Wahju Hanafi, who was being questioned by the prosecution for the fourth day, was also concerned about three issues. The prosecution continued to produce e-mails containing shocking revelations.

1 Of being found out

SINGAPORE - Some time in March 2010, an anonymous person threatened to expose the Hanafis' cosy relations with various church-linked entities.

This got church pastor and founder Kong Hee "very stressed".

Mr Wahju said, in an e-mail to his wife, Wei Wei: "Now they want to find quick cash to pay us so I can pay back (Xtron Productions) bonds issued to FNG".

Xtron Productions used to manage pop singer Sun Ho and Mr Wahju was a director.

He also owns FNG (PT The First National Glassware, also known as Firna).

Kong and five other City Harvest Church (CHC) members, including former church board member Chew Eng Han and former finance manager Serina Wee, are accused of using sham bonds to finance the career of Sun Ho, aka Ho Yeow Sun, who is Kong's wife.

$12 million needed

The e-mail thread revealed that the group, which Mr Wahju says includes Chew and Wee, needed $12 million to redeem the bonds so they could "move on with our business".

It also came to light that one John Lim was suspected to be the anonymous person because he previously questioned Xtron's relations with the church when auditing CHC.

"Well, the anonymous person may be the same hacker that is hacking our website now," Mr Wahju said, referring to the recent hacking of Ms Ho's site.

The hacker, who goes by the name The Messiah, had threatened, in a post on another website, to leak personal data of City Harvest supporters because he claimed his hacking group, Anonymous, takes issue with the church.

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