Match-fixing trial: Defence points out discrepancies

Match-fixing trial: Defence points out discrepancies

The defence in the sex-for-match-fixing trial on Tuesday again contested the accuracy of the statements made by two Lebanese assistant referees to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Mr Abdallah Taleb and Mr Ali Eid had previously pleaded guilty to accepting sexual favours, allegedly from businessman Eric Ding, to fix matches.

Ding is now on trial for allegedly bribing the two assistant referees and referee Ali Sabbagh.

His lawyer, Mr Yusfiyanto Yatiman, pointed out discrepancies between their CPIB statements on the day of the arrest and their later statements just before they were repatriated.

CPIB officer Daryl Ng, who took the stand on Tuesday, had earlier said that the later statements were to clarify the sequence of events leading up to the officials' arrest on April 3.

Mr Yusfiyanto said Mr Eid had said in his earlier statement that he had met Ding, whom he knew as "James", in a cafe. But in his later statement, he said they met in both the cafe and the hotel lobby.

Mr Ng replied: "The cafe and lobby were just side by side. The understanding here is that they met and they left."

Mr Yusfiyanto said Mr Taleb had also said earlier that he met Ding in a cafe. But in his later statement, he said he met him in a hotel lounge.

Mr Ng agreed.

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The lawyer also pointed out discrepancies between Mr Taleb and Mr Eid's later statements.

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