New charges for four in SEA Games match-fixing case

New charges for four in SEA Games match-fixing case

FOUR men charged with fixing a SEA Games football match last week faced new charges yesterday.

Singaporean Rajendran R. Kurusamy, 55, and Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, 49, a technical director of the Timor Leste Football Federation, each face two extra charges relating to Malaysia's 1-0 win over Timor Leste in their May 30 clash.

Ex-Timor Leste player Moises Natalino De Jesus, 32, and Nasiruddin, 52, an Indonesian who goes by one name, face one new charge each of being a party to a criminal conspiracy by agreeing to offer bribes to Timor Leste players to throw the match.

Last week, Rajendran, Moises and Nasiruddin were accused of abetting the offence by scheming to agree to give a $15,000 bribe to Orlando to arrange for Timor Leste to lose. Court papers said Rajendran met Orlando on May 28 and agreed to give him the money. Orlando was charged with corruptly agreeing to accept Rajendran's bribe.

One fresh charge against Rajendran stated he conspired with the others to offer money to at least seven Timor Leste players to lose the match.

The other was that he allegedly gave a $1,000 bribe to Orlando to arrange for his team to lose.

Orlando's new charges were for being a party to the conspiracy to offer bribes to at least seven players and for receiving $1,000 from Rajendran.

The prosecution asked that no bail be given for all four. Rajendran's lawyer Edmond Pereira will argue on Wednesday for bail to be granted to his ill client.

This article was first published on June 6, 2015.
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