Eric Ding's lawyer says statements may be lost in translation

Eric Ding's lawyer says statements may be lost in translation
Eric Ding Si Yang in court

SINGAPORE - New statements supposedly contradicting the recorded statements of two deported Lebanese match officials were brought up in court on Friday.

Mr Abdallah Taleb and Mr Ali Eid, both assistant referees, had given their statements to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in April.

They were later found guilty of accepting bribes in a sex-for-match-fixing case.

Businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, is on trial for allegedly bribing three Lebanese match officials with prostitutes to fix matches.

The new statements came from a Lebanese lawyer representing Mr Taleb and Mr Eid, Ding's lawyer, Mr Hamidul Haq, told the court on Friday.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Alan Loh objected to the admissibility of these statements and to Ding's lawyers using them to cross-examine CPIB recording officer Chan Jian Yun.

District Judge Toh Yung Cheong, however, said the defence lawyers should be "given latitude" to use the documents to put their case across.

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