A former Malaysian national football player has been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment for corruption and immigration offences.
Thana Segar S Sinnaiah, 40, had pleaded guilty to the following four proceeded charges:
- one count of abetment by conspiracy with Selvarajan S/O Letchuman to corruptly give a gratification of a sum not more than RM15,000 (S$10,440) to Shokri Bin Nor, a referee with the Football Association of Malaysia as a reward to fix the Malaysian Super League match between the Lions XII and Sarawak FA scheduled on May 22, 2012,
- two counts of abetment by conspiracy with Selvarajan and Shokri to cheat Singapore Pools (Private) Limited,
- and one count of failure to present passport when leaving Singapore.
Four other charges of abetment by conspiracy to cheat Singapore Pools were taken into consideration for the sentencing.
Thana Segar was first charged on May 24, 2012 for one count of engaging with Shokri in a conspiracy to corruptly agree to receive a gratification to fix a Malaysian Super League match between the Lions XII and Sarawak FA.
While out on bail, Thana Segar absconded and failed to turn up for the pre-trial conference on Aug 7, 2012. In Aug 2014, Thana Segar was apprehended with the assistance of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a statement that "Singapore has always adopted a zero tolerance approach towards corruption, and match fixing of any form is not condoned in Singapore".
CPIB "investigates into match-fixing through bribery cases and will not hesitate to take action against any parties involved if they had given or received bribes to fix a match. The Bureau works closely with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), the authorities and our counterparts to keep the local soccer scene clean," added the statement.