'I think you are very fierce', auditor tells off lawyer

'I think you are very fierce', auditor tells off lawyer
LEAVING COURT: Kong Hee and wife Sun Ho with lawyer Edwin Tong on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE - The trial continued right where it left off on Monday - with even more barbs and raised voices.

Auditor Foong Daw Ching, who was still on the witness stand, faced off with Kong Hee's lawyer Edwin Tong.

As cross-examination continued, Mr Foong said he could not remember events and details more than 50 times.

This prompted Mr Tong to say: "Mr Foong, I suggest to you a very convenient excuse - that suddenly all these e-mails which raise very clear points concerning Xtron and CHC and the relationship and the bonds, you suddenly don't recall."

Into his fifth day on the witness stand, the 63-year-old Foong looked visibly worn out but also managed to return some zingers of his own.

"I think you are very fierce. We are all human beings here," he told Mr Tong when reminded by the judge to simply be forthright when he wasn't sure of events.

More e-mails were also produced on Tuesday, showing Kong discussing the expenses of International Harvest, a company owned by City Harvest Church, and Xtron Productions, pop singer Sun Ho's artiste management company.

In a missive to Mr Foong, Kong said the cost of clothing was high because a lot of it was used for performances and media events. Similarly for Kong, a substantial amount went to his suits because he was on air "seven days a week on 12 Christian TV networks all throughout Asia and Australia".

The same e-mail also shed light on Ho's income. She brought in about $1.3 million a year from sponsorships, music sales and concert performances, for which she got $16,000 for every "live" concert.


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